This coming weekend we'll see unbeaten Thai hopeful Nattapong Jankaew take on his most notable opponent to date, as he goes up against former world title challenger Pigmy Kokietgym. Sadly the poster for the bout doesn't really look all that exciting, but the bout it's self is a very interesting one, and a great chance to see what Nattapong brings to the ring.
On February 25th we get the next show in the Victoriva series of shows, and this will be a female world title double header. One of the main bouts will see Eri Matsuda and Ayaka Miyao clash for the IBF female Atomweight title and Mika Iwakawa taking on Nanae Suzuki, with Iwakawa looking to defend her WBO Atomweight title. The poster is a solid one, making the two main bouts really obvious and looking eye catching, simple, and effective.
When we first saw this poster, for a show set for March 21st, we really didn't know what to make of it. Now we've had a chance to look over it, and we really need to wonder what Fukuoka Boxing Gym were trying to achieve. The text clashes, the grey background makes it look like it was done on Microsoft paint, and the poster just looks absolutely terrible. We understand not all posters can be great, but this is indefensibly bad. Hopefully the team behidn this go back to the drawing board, and at least make it readable, rather than having the white text clash on the yellow, making it very, very painful on the eyes.
On March 6th Shinsei Gym will be promoting their next Real Spirits card. The show isn't a huge one, but it is a very notable one, as it features the ring return of former WBO world champion Ryuya Yamanaka, after more than 3 years out of action following a subdural hematoma, which forced him to retire in 2018. Yamanaka takes center stage on the poster, which also features 4 other fighters and a full bout list. It's an effective poster, especially if you're aware of Yamanaka's health issues with the show selling around his "3 years of silence".
On February 14th we'll see a show at Korakuen Hall headlined by a rematch between Yoshie Wakasa and Kimika Miyoshi. The card isn't a big one, with the main event being a Japanese female title fight, but the event is a notable one as it will be being held in honour of former world champion Keitaro Hoshino, who passed away last year at the age of 52. Hoshino, along with the main event fighters, are featured on the poster, which is a great golden colour. It's a simple design, but does well in honouring the former champion.
On February 27th Japanese Flyweight champion Seigo Yuri Akui will be making his next defense, as he takes on veteran Takuya Kogawa. The poster features the two main event fighters in the middle of the poster, along with details of the under-card. It's nothing special, but it looks okay and it clearly sells the show on the main event, which is solid bout worthy of some genuine attention, especially in the local area.
On February 6th we'll get the 68th All Japan Rookie of the Year final, as the best Rookies from East Japan take on the best Rookies from the rest of Japan. The poster for the event is a simple one, with images of the regional finals, along with the fight line ups. It's simple but very effective for this type of show.
On February 5th we'll see two former Emanuel Navarrete opponents clash on a Top rank show, as Filipino fighter Jeo Santisima takes on Joet Gonzalez. The bout is an interesting Featherweight clash between two men who can ill afford another set back right now. Of the two men Gonzalez is the more proven, and the one who gave Navarrete a tougher bout, but Santisima will know that a win here could open the door to some more big fights. As for the poster, it's a pretty basic one, but also a pretty decent one, with the fighter, their flags and their names, as well as the details of when, where, and of the bout being a co-feature. Nothing amazing, but it does do it's job.
On January 17th Sanman are set to put on their next show at the bubble. Sadly the full listing for this match isn't currently available, but it's clear that the poster is being used to promote 3 of the top fighters of the promoter, with Ben Mananquil, Dave Apolinario and Vince Paras on the poster. Sadly with no colour, no opponents, and little more than the date, name of the show and the three men involved this is an underwhelming poster.
The first Diamond Glove show of 2022 will be headlined by a Japanese Lightweight title fight, as Masahiro Suzuki takes on Shu Utsuki in a bout for the vacant title. The poster for the bout is a really, really simple one, but a really effective one, making it clear who's fighting and what is on the line. Simple but effective.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.