On March 13th the SAGA Sunrise Park will play host to the first round of the Western Japan Rookie of the Year Qualifying. The poster for the show is, sadly, a rather basic one, listing the bouts without really catching the eye as a boxing poster. Although the poster isn't eye catching, it does a good job for the show at hand, which isn't featuring big name fighters, but instead rookies and novices, where using an image of a fighter probably wouldn't actually help.
On February 28th we'll see the next show from the Ohashi Gym, under their Phoenix Battle banner. The show isn't one of their strongest ones, but is a pretty interesting one, with the comeback fights of Kazuki Nakajima and Taku Kuwahara, who both lost last time out. Those two men dominate the poster, but a number of those on the under-card are also featured in what is a solid poster, though one we do feel could have done with a lick of colour. It's solid, it's clear and it's got a lot of detail, but it does look a little washed out which is a shame as the show deserved something a little bit better than what we have here.
On March 21st we get the next show under the Champion Challenge Road banner. The card is very much a a low key one, headlined by a 6 rounder at Lightweight. Despite the show being a low key one, and the main event not being one that will grab much attention. The poster looks solid, well made and almost like a video game cover. It's one we like, even if we know it's not going to attract a huge crowd.
On March 20th we get the next show under the Splendid Boxing banner, and whilst it's certainly not a major show, it's one that promises plenty of excitement as Japanese ranked Welterweight Hiroya Nojima takes on Masateru Hatagami in a scheduled 8 rounder. Given the lower level of the show, the poster does well in making the main even look important and therefore make the show look like it matters.
On February 26th we get the next show from the Sanman Bubble series, and like the others in the series the poster is a rather basic one, with the promoters fighters on the poster, and little else. It's a pretty dull and uninspired poster, which is a shame as the main fighters on this card deserved to have a poster that got them some extra attention and made fans want to tune in.
On March 27th we get the next show under the Green Dream banner. Sadly the show, which we do expect to be a good one like most in the Green Dream series, has a very under whelming poster. The show is pushing hard on the main event, between Tom Mizokoshi and Ryuya Nihei, sadly though the rest of the card is really over-looked on the poster, with only a little bit of attention on any under-card bouts... which makes the poster seem very empty and like it has far too much space on it. A very under-whelming effort if we're being totally honest, and that's a shame.
On February 28th we get the next show under the Phoenix Battle line of shows, the shows put on by the Ohashi Gym. The show is a double header, with two double title bouts on the card, though one of those bouts is given much bigger billing on the poster, with that being the 140lb bout between Andy Hiaroka, the JBC and WBO Asia Pacific champion, and Cristiano Aoqui, with the Super Flyweight bout between Masayoshi Hashizume and Akio Furutani being given much smaller billing. Whilst we have no issue with the poster focusing on one bout over the other, we do wonder why it's essentially black and white, something that does leave it feeling some what disappointing, for such a good show.
On March 10th we get the next show in the Genkotsu series of shows, and the poster for it is a crazy and packed design with a lot going on. It's not the best poster, but it does make it look like there is going to be a lot happening on the show, and it's hard to complain about that for this level of event.
On March 5th we'll get an interesting, albeit somewhat easy to over-look, Dynamic Glove show, as Shokichi Iwata makes his first defense of the Japanese Light Flyweight title, taking on Toshimasa Ouchi. The poster has the two main event fighters on it, and a lot of detail about the show, but it doesn't really grab the attention in the way we'd have hoped to have seen for Iwata's first defense. It's just a bit..."okay" if we're being honest.
On March 19th we'll be getting a much anticipated rematch in Japan as WBC Light Flyweight champion Masamichi Yabuki makes his first defense, and takes on the man he beat for the title last year, Kenshiro Teraji. The poster is a rather striking one, with the two men being on the poster in front of a rather plain looking background. Whilst we do like the poster, it does feel like there's something missing from it. Almost as if it could, and should, be a bit better than it is
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.