April 9th fight fans will get a potential fight of the year contender as American star Marlen Esparza takes on Japanese female boxing legend Naoko Fujioka, in a mouth watering WBA/WBC/Ring Magazine Flyweight title fight. The poster isn't the best, but it does really how significant the fight is and makes both women look like stars, with this particular design making the fighters look a bigger deal than the main event between Ryan Garcia and Emmanuel Tagoe
On April 29th we see the next show from 3150 Fight Club. The show is a really interesting one, with the over-due debut of Japanese Heavyweight hopeful Mitsuro Tajima and the next bout of former world champion Ryo Miyazaki. The two men, along with promoter Koki Kameda, make up the 3 main figures on the poster, with Tajima being made to look like the boss of a video game or something. It's an interesting poster, and whilst not a flash one, it really does a great job in promoting the fighters on it, and where to watch it.
On May 1st Senrima Kobe will be putting on their next event, and it's not a bad one, with a really interesting main event between Keisuke Iwasaki and Hiroki Tokuyama. The poster is, like many from Senrima Kobe's team, a bit dull and uninspired. It's nice to see so many fighters on the poster, but it just doesn't click as a poster in a way that we like to see. We also feel the poster has too much text on it, especially in the bottom half, which just makes the poster feel somewhat awkward.
On April 26th we get an interesting card at Korakuen Hall. It's not a huge show, by any stretch, but it's a solid, an interesting looking card with well matched bouts that should provide plenty of fun action. As for the poster, we really like it. It's nothing unique or special, but it looks professional, it's simple, clean and well produced. We actually like the really plain background here, and it helps the images of the fighters stand out. Simple, but effective poster for a lower level card.
On April 16th we get the next Real Spirits show from Shinsei Gym, and this is set to be the latest in the all female shows from Shinsei. The poster is a really interesting one, and really seems to push modern, feminine power through the way the poster looks. It's unique in many ways, even compared to other posters from the Real Spirits series and it almost looks like an advertising campaign for female sports rather than a boxing show. Whilst that might seem like an insult, this is a genuinely solid card, with 3 title bouts on it, some excellent match ups and it should deliver some great action. Good stuff all round.
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On April 24th Taisei Promotions will be putting on their next show, at the EDION Arena Osaka. The card is headlined by a stay busy fight for Riku Kano and a bout between Sho Ishida and Carlo Demecillo. The poster highlights Kano and Ishida, whilst also showing a lot of other fighters on it making it look like a very, very busy poster. It's not bad, but we do feel it's too busy, and too packed if we're being honest.
On April 12th we get the next show in the Diamond Glove series of shows, which is headlined by a rematch between Japanese Welterweight champion Keita Obara defending his title against Yuki Nagano. The poster sells the show in that bout, big time, but also does well to promote the strong under-card, which includes a bout between Ryo Sagawa and Shun Kubo. This is a pretty good looking poster, even if the design and concept aren't anything new. It's simple, it works and the colours used also work really well.
On April 2nd fight fans in Japan will see a new Japanese Light Middleweight champion being crowned, as Koki Koshikawa and Makoto Kawasaki face off for the vacant title. The poster is sadly a bit of a mess. They've 4 of the main fighters taking up the bulk of the poster, but it doesn't quick click for us and instead looks almost like the cover of a photograph book rather than a poster for a show.
This coming Friday IBF Female Minimumweight champion Yokasta Valle will look to make her next defense, as she gives Japanese challenger Sana Hazuki a second shot at her belt. Sadly the bout was put together on short notice, and hasn't had much hype. Despite that it's not an awful effort, at least if you ignore the black bar with the date on it. It has the two fighters on it, and a picture from when the two were together before their first bout, a nice touch. It's just a shame the bar with the date does appear very, very jarring.
On April 22nd we get the next Phoenix Battle show, and it's a great one, with Masataka Taniguchi defending the WBO Minimumweight world title against Kai Ishizawa, and we also see Yoshiki Takei take a major step up to take on Shingo Kawamura. The poster is a solid one, selling the show on the main event and on the appearance of Takei, who also stars heavily on the poster. It's a simple design, but an eye catching one, and one that sells the show well.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.