This coming Saturday in Mexico we will see one of our favourite Filipino's in action as Jonathan Taconing battles against Ramon Garcia in a potential fight of the year contender. The bout is only a supporting bout to a world title bout but it has the potential to be something very special.
Sadly the poster doesn't really give the match up much attention but it is on there in small print at the bottom corner. The other part of the poster is dedicated to the main event, a WBC Super Flyweight title bout between Carlos Cuadras and Luis Concepcion. That bout is almost certainly going to be a fun one, though we do think a little bit more attention should have been given to the exciting co-feature.
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This coming Saturday sees Osaka Teiken putting on a show at the El Osaka and although the card isn't a huge one it does feature a number of notable names, such as Ryuto Kyoguchi, Bunta Mitaka and Myung Ho Lee. It's a show that's being used to help push those 3 men forward.
When it comes to the poster we won't pretend we're huge fans. There plenty to like about it but to us it has a very "stock" feel to it and is very much a poster that has gotten almost as much wrong as it's got right.
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This month of April is a very busy one in Japan and on April 4th we get the first title fight of the month as Yu Kimura defends his Japanese Light Flyweight title against Hayato Yamaguchi. Whilst the main event is a good one the card will also feature recognisable fighters, such as Yasutaka Ishimoto, Masanobu Nakazawa and Kenji Ono.
The poster is clear and solid looking, unfortunately however the poster is out of date. When the poster was issues Kimura was set to fight Shin Ono. Sadly however Ono has since suffered a training injury and been replaced by Yamaguchi. It's a small issue but one that does need bringing up for another solid lookign poster.
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On April 3rd Japanese fans have the chance to catch a very good looking show at the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka. Sadly the promotional images for the show seem to be lacking and we've not come across an actual "show poster". What we have come across however was this rather funky looking poster to promote one of the fighters on the card, Hiroyuki Hisataka. The exciting fighter, known as the "Sexy Soldier", will be hoping to end a 3 fight losing streak on the show.
The poster looks like a strange one in terms of boxing but it's better than nothing to promote the show.
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The forgotten fight this coming weekend sees Filipino fighter Rommel Asenjo go up against the formidable Juan Francisco Estrada as Asenjo looks for a career defining victory, and an upset of the year contender. So over-looked is the challenger that his name, in relatively small font, and the Filipino flag is the only sign that he is in action whilst even the commentary team is given an image on the poster. Remarkably the main event challenger is given less attention than the co-feature fighters!
In some ways we don't like the poster for the way they have over-looked Asenjo, but on the other hand we like it from a style point of view and that's what matter really when it comes to promotional images.
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One of two Japanese shows on March 29th shows is this one which sees us waving good bye to a former Japanese champion and getting a host of low level action. We don't pretend the actual card is going to be great, it's not, though fans of Masaki Kawabata, a former Japanese Super Flyweight champion, will be happy to pay their respects to the fight who has his long deserved retirement ceremony more than 6 years after his final bout.
As for the poster we actually like it more than we like the card. It's clear, explains what the big matches are and has the details regarding the show all in clear and visible type. We won't pretend it's anything special but it's certainly not a bad poster considering the quality of the actual boxing on offer.
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On April 29th Japanese fans get a low level card headlined by a very interesting international rematch between Japanese youngster Ryosuke Maruki and Thailand's Petchsuriya Singwancha. The two men, who traded blows in a very competitive match up last year, will be expected to put in a show again here as they tussle for the WBC Youth Light Middleweight title.
From what under-stand there was 2 posters released for this show. On the right we have one that was on Thairec and shows the two fighters in front if an exciting background with some Japanese text and the date of the show. On the left we have the Japanese poster with the name of the show and the full card line up. Of the two we prefer the Thairec one which seems more energetic than the other one, which seems too busy if we're being honest. Neither is "bad" but one certainly seems more appealing than the other.
(Images courtesy of boxmob.jp and Thairec.com)
This Saturday sees major action in the Philippines as we get the first big Filipino card of the year. And we mean big. The card will feature long reigning world champion world champion Donnie Nietes defending his WBO Light Flyweight title and the ring return of the the hugely popular Nonito Donaire as well as a bout involving the sensational Albert Pagara. The poster advertises these 3 match ups though little else.
Whilst the poster isn't tremendous it does what it's supposed to do. It advertises the show, it shows off the match ups, it's clear and it's mostly easy on the eye. We admit we're not hugely into the "black-and-white" colour scheme but on the whole it's a solid poster for a very interesting looking card.
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Later today fans in Panama will get the chance to see Kazakhstan's unbeaten Kanat Islam battle against Orlando Estrada. We can't say the bout is a top quality one though it's always nice to see a fighter like Islam in action.
As for the poster it's certainly not a great one. It has some of the necessary details, such as date, time and participants, but little else and it's certainly third rate.
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Many domestic Filipino shows are full of mismatches and relatively avoidable bouts that bear little relevance on the international scene. On March 25th however we get a brilliant card that features 4 title bouts, including a brilliant domestic title bout and 3 domestic bouts, a pair of promising prospects and a domestic awards ceremony. The show really is one of the major ones we've seen from the Philippines in recent years.
As for the poster it's not as good as the show but it does it's job explaining how to get tickets, what the show will involve and what match ups are on the card. Basic but effective.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.