Towards the end of April Sakai Higashi Mitsuki Promotions will be running a show in Osaka, headlined by Matcha Nakagawa battling Yuki Iriguchi, in a Japanese Youth title bout. The card isn't a particularly big one but does have a number of notable fighters involved in it, not just the two in the main event but also the JBC ranked pairing of Shingo Kawamura and Daiki Tomita, who both take on Thai foes. The poster for the card has got a really neat look to it. It's not the most eye catching, but it is a pretty neat design and one we like.
On April 22nd fight fans in Fukuoka will get the chance to see former WBO Minimumweight champion Tatsuya Fukuhara in action, as he takes on JBC ranked foe Yuto Takahashi. The poster for the show focuses on Fukuhara, and despite having quite an exciting background it doesn't really push the under-card. It's got plenty of information but does feel a little under whelming over all.
On April 17th we get the next Dangan card, and it's a pretty good one with OPBF Minimumweight title fight as the headline bout, with Tsubasa Koura defending the title against Norihito Tanaka, and an under-card featuring Shingo Wake and former WBC female Minimumweight champion Yuko Kuroki. The poster is a busy on, but a really well designed one with a lot of information, and eye catching colour scheme and an overall excellent look. A really good poster.
On February 26th fight fans in Tokyo will get a really significant bout as Takeshi Inoue battles Yuki Nonaka in an IBF Light Middleweight, the bout is a key one for the IBF title and the Japanese scene at 154lbs and is rightfully pushed as a major bout on the poster, taking up a huge portion of the poster and making both men look like genuien stars. It's not an amazing poster, but it is a poster than makes it's main event look massive.
On April 22nd fight fans in Kobe will get the chance to see a Japanese Minimumweight title fight, as Ryoki Hirai and Shin Ono battle for the title vacated by Reiya Konishi earlier this year. The poster features not only the main event but a lot of the under-card too, including 2-time world title challenger Teiru Kinoshita, who is probably the most recognisable man on the poster for international fight fans. Its a busy poster, but not a bad one by any stretch of the imagination.
On April 22nd fight fans in Kawanishi will get the chance to see the next Morioka gym show, headlined by Hinata Maruta. The card a pretty weak one over all, but does have name value in the form of Maruta and former world title challenger Warlito Parrenas, which should get the show a decent crowd. Despite the card actually being quite poor the poster does look good, and features the Morioka fighters on it in a pretty eye catching design.
On April 16th fight fans will see Japanese Welterweight champion Toshio Arikawa defending his title against Ryota Yada in a Champion Carnival bout. The poster for the card is a really weak one, with the main event taking up much of the poster, but the poster not really having a very professional look to it. It's a good main event, but a very weak poster, sadly.
In Mie on Apri 15th fans will see a relatively low key card headlined by the once beaten Tetsu Araki taking on Yuto Nakamura. The card is a pretty low key one, though the poster does a good job in selling the show, and even advertises an appearance from Koki Kameda, which will certainly help bring fans to the show.
In Yamaguchi on April 15th Orio Promotions will be putting on a pretty low key card, headlined by Teiru Atsumi battling Katsuhiko Kanno. The poster for the card is a pretty simple one, but one that does well to highlight some of the talenton the show. It's a pretty good poster for the level of card on offer.
On April 15th we'll see WBA Middleweight champion Ryota Murata defending his title against Emanuele Blandamura and Daigo Higa defending his WBC Flyweight title against Cristofer Rosales. The poster for the show seems to totally ignore the Higa bout, but sells the main event as something massive. It's not a bad poster, but it does seem like a shame to ignore the rising sensation that is Higa. There is a good reason for Higa to be missing, with the show being promoted on Murata in the West as well as east, but giving Higa some attention would help increase his profile in the US ahead of his eventual American debut. Good poster, but could have been better.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.