On May 13th we get the next big Ohashi show, and it's a brilliant card, headlined by an OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight unification bout between Satoshi Shimizu and Musashi Mori. The poster sells that bout really well whilst also promoting some of the under-card action. We do like the poster, a lot, and it does seem like a big show.
Interestingly the poster does seem to miss out on an easy goal here, given there is a second title bout on the card and it doesn't really get much attention on the poster. There's text regarding that bout, and one of the fighters, but it feels like they could have done a little bit more with it.
On April 3rd in Kazan fight fans will get a chance to see Kazakh female fighter Firuza Sharipova attempt to avenge her sole professional defeat as she takes on Russian fighter Sofya Ochigava. The poster for the bout features Sharipova in a prominent position on the poster, but if we're being honest that's not a saving grace here. The poster as far, far too much text and not enough focus on the fighters. Also the poster is far too dark, for our liking.
Earlier today reports came out from the Philippines of an interesting match up between former world title challenger Qui Xiao Jun, of China, and Filipino fighter Jhunriel Ramonal. The bout seemingly has a poster created for it already with the two fighters and the silverware they will be fighting for. Sadly however the poster has a host of issues. It's size and shape is very awkward, with a very tall design, and the poster also doesn't explain when or where the bout will be. We suspect there will be a more polished version of this poster released in the future.
One problem that some boxing posters have is over complicating things. Here we get a design that keeps things simple. It features the fighters in the main event. Their names, the belt they are fighting for, the promoter of the event, and when and where they are fighting. It's a little text heavy, but it's simple design, it's a design that is timeless and it's one that works. A splash more of colour might have helped, but this is simple and it works so, so well for the show they are promoting.
It's not often we get to call Korean posters stylish, but this one is, and it's a really artistic design that we love. The lay out is simple, there's nothing revolutionary here. But the colours and the way they mix, and the overall style is very friendly on the eye. We genuinely do like when designers use different ideas in their posters and thus one is fantastic. Lets see more posters try different things with their colours and styles!
On May 9th fight fans in Tokyo will get a 7 fight show from the Arena Tachikawa Tachihi. The show isn't a big one, by any stretch, but it does have have recognisable branding on the poster, with the GENKOTSU name taking center stage on the poster. Typically we're not fans of that, but given the low level match up on the event, the design makes sense. It's a simple design, it does nothing special, is a little bit too busy, but there is a lot of information on there. An acceptable offering from the promoter, given the level of show.
On April 17th touted Indian hopeful Nutlai Lalbiakkima will be in action for the second time as a professional, as he takes on teenager Sandeep Singh. The match up looks even on paper, though Lalbiakkima is expected to take an easy victory. The poster however does a great job. It's got the location, the fighters, the details and the streaming options on it. This is functional and has a nice back drop. Maybe a little bit "bland" in terms of the use of colour, but it's full of informational with out being too busy. A good poster.
On April 21st we get a Dynamic Glove show that looks like a packed one. The main event will see Japanese Light Middleweight champion Hironobu Matsunaga taking on Rei Nakajima, a second title bout will see Kai Ishizawa defending his Japanese youth title against Yuni Takada and we'll also get an interesting match up between Reiya Abe and Koshin Takeshima. The poster features all 3 of those bouts on the poster in a very clean and tidy looking design. This poster works really well, it makes the match ups clear, it runs in order order of significance and whilst a bit basic, it's a functional poster that works really well.
The only real issue is that we're not totally sure where it fits in the Dynamic Glove chronology, as it doesn't seem to have an official number like the other shows in the series.
On April 25th fight fans in Papua New Guinea will get an interesting card, with a couple of Filipino fighters on it. The main event is set to be a WBA Asia title fight between local fighter Junior Raka and Filipino Roldan Aldea whilst the under-card will feature Filipino veteran Mark Sales. The poster for the show does a decent job of showing what match ups will be on the card, but in all honest, it's a bit of a dull poster. A basic one that does little other than shows the details. It's functional, sure, but not partocularly exciting.
On April 1st we get a joint promoted show from Korakuen Hall, under both the The Greatest Boxing series and the Hopeful Fight series of events. The poster, tries to merge the two designs and although not a perfect fit or design it's certainly a solid overall effort, albeit, perhaps a bit too busy for us. We like a lot of those, though feel there is too much text and the background is a bit too crowded. Still a nice effort, and we've certainly seen a lot worse.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.