The first Thai show of 2021 is taking place right now and is headlined by a bout between former world title challenger Amnat Ruenroeng and Arnon Yupang. The poster for the bout is a pretty interesting one. It's a simple design at first glance, but features a nice background design of the two men. It's not ground breaking but is a pretty solid overall design, and was one of at least 3 posters designed for this show!
On April 4th we get a show from Shinsei Gym, and from what we can tell it's an all female show, with all the bouts currently announced for the event, and there's been 6, all being female bouts. The main event will be a Japanese Atomweight title bout, with Kaori Nagai defending her title against Natsuki Tarui, and the poster really sells the female basis of the show. Sadly the show doesn't have a "star" on it, but the poster does well at using what the show does have to try and sell the event. The poster is nothing original, but it's simple and it works.
The name "Universum" is a legendary name among European boxing fans, with the once powerful German promotional outfit being one of the major players in the sport. Now a days the company is a shadow of what it used to be, but it putting on shows as they look to rebuild their name. Thsi weekend they put on a show between unbeaten Kazakhstan Zhan Kossobutskiy taking on the hard hitting Onoriode Ehwarieme, who some how ends up being the key figure on the poster.
Going back into the archive of Asian boxing posters we found this one for the December 11th 2006 Diamond Glove show. The poster was pushing the OPBF Super Flyweight title bout between Kuniyuki Aizawa and Petchklongphai Sor Thantip, and really does focus on Aizawa. It's a rather dull poster and not on that would really excite anyone, though credit they did try to make Aizawa look like a star.
Early on February 20th we got the latest show from the KBC, which was a small card but as always it was an entertaining one from Korea with some thrilling action in low level bouts. The main event of the show was the focus of the poster, and was a bout between Dong Kwan Lee and Umat Amankulov in a KBC Featherweight title fight. Sadly though the poster was about as basic and as uninspired as they come, and a lot more work could have been done here. The fighters deserved so much more from the poster than they got.
On February 22nd we'll get the next show from Kazakh promotional outfit Tukeshov promotions. Sadly the show's main poster is rather poor, with little to really get excited about. The poster just lacks anything to catch the eye and really doesn't do the event many favours at all, other than letting fans know they can watch it on Sporttime.Kz. They really do need to start to do better in the future with these poster if we're being honest.
On March 24th we'll get the next Kadoebi promoted show under their popular "Slugfest" banner, and it's a really notable card with a lost of solid and interesting names on it. These include the likes of the explosive Yoji Saito, former world title challenger Takuya Kogawa and the incredibly promising Seiya Tsutsumi. The poster is a really simple one, but one with a design that works. It has the Kadoebi promoted fighters at the top, and their opponents underneath them. It's not an amazingly artistic poster but it's a solid, simple, and effective design.
On March 18th we get the next show in the Victoriva series, which will be headlined by an IBF Atomweight title fight between Saemi Hanagata, the defending champion, and Eri Matsuda, a novice challenging for a world title in her fifth professional bout. The poster really sells the show on this title bout, with almost every dedicated to this bout, though the under-card is listed on the poster in tiny writing. This looks class, it makes the two fighters look really important and is a really good poster.
On March 21st we get the next show under the "Splendid Boxing!!" banner, being held at the Aioi Hall. The poster looks rather trippy with swirling colours and a handful of the fighters involved on the show. It's certainly not a great poster, there is something eye catching, especially with the background. Just a shame the text is a little bit jarring and the poster looks like it's not used the space particularly well.
On March 7th Fukuoka Boxing Gym will be putting on a low key show in Fukuoka. The card isn't a bitg one, in the slightest, but we do need to admit that we do like the poster for the event. There's no big name on the show but the poster does make it look like the show's important and meaningful. The poster really does a great job with making Ken Ando and Fumiaki Sueyoshi look like stars and credit to those behind the poster for that!
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.