On May 22nd we'll see Jonathan Almacen get this biggest fight of his career as he takes on former 2-weight world champion Hekkie Budler, over at the Booysens Gym in South Africa. The card, which will also feature Simpiwe Konkco against Jomar Caindog, is not the biggest but is certainy a notable one for South African fans, seeing the popular Budler return to the ring for the first time since last 2018. Whilst it's great to see Budler back in the ring, it's a shame the poster looks so dull and uninspired. It's Budler's return folks, make this eye catching and get the "Hexecutioner" some attention!
Promotional images used for DAZN shows are, on the whole, rather poor and unimaginative and that's particularly the case with Golden Boy Shows. A great example of that is this image being used to promote the June 19th bout between Uzbek sensation Bektemir Melikuziev and US veteran Gabe Rosado. The image is literally the two guys, their names and the date of the bout. A pathetic effort.
On July 30th Total Sports Management will be promoting a card in Malta featuring popular Indonesian warrior Daud Yordan, who will be facing WBF Lightweight champion Ayanda Nkosi, who will be looking to make his first defense of the title that he won in 2019. The match up is a genuinely interesting one, and the card it's self is certainly a solid one with a couple of competitive looking match ups on it. We would, ideally, have liked to seen some colour on the poster, but it's hard to complain too much, as the poster is clear, it's clean and it features all the details we need to se on a poster. Simple, but it works!
On June 20th the SAGA Sunrise Park will play host to the finals of the West Japan Rookie of the Year. The poster is a very basic looking one, bordering on being a bit generic, but we genuinely like this for the show it's promoting. None of the fighters on the card are big names, there is no one on the show to market the event around so instead they push the Rookie of the Year tournament and the match line up, which works well here. Simple, but very effective for the show at hand.
On May 21st we see another show in the growing, and rather unexpected, rivalry between South Africa and the Philippines as once beaten South African hopeful Nhlanhla Tyira battles under-rated Filipino Joey Canoy for the WBA Intercontinental Light Flyweight title. The poster here is a pretty basic one, but also a solid eye catching one. It's simple, but it works and makes the match up it's pushing very clear. Simple but effective.
On May 23rd in Osaka we'll get a Shinsei Promoted card from the EDION Arena Osaka. This card is certainly not a huge one, but it is an interesting one, headlined by leading Japanese Light Flyweight contender Rikito Shiba taking on Hideyuki Watanabe and supported by some interesting match ups, such as Isao Aoyama Vs Tetsuro Ohashi. The poster isn't the best, but it does make Shiba look like an absolute star, and it focuses on him in a way that makes him seem like a very special fighter. It also has the now wonderful Boxing Real icon, showing that the show will be available on the Boxing Real YouTube channel.
Every so often we get a poster that we really, really like and today we got send one such poster for Green Dream Vol 15, which is set to take place on June 27th. The show will be headlined by the debut of Mitsuro Tajima, who takes on Japanese Heavyweight champion Ryu Ueda and will also feature a Japanese Youth title fight between Tom Mizokoshi and Haruki Ishikawa. We really like this one, and the vibe that it gives off, even if the design it's self isn't too exotic. It's logical with a bit of style, and it brilliant handiwork of Manabu “Macho" Murakami, who has done a great job of making Tajima feel like a star ahead of his debut,
It's rare to have a female bout headline a UK card but on May 15th we get just that as we see the WBA, WBC and IBO female Super Featherweight titles being unified as Hyun Mi Choi and Terri Harper clash. The poster for the bout features the two women, along with their flags, as well as the under-card fighters. It's not a bad poster, by any stretch, but it does have a general "fighters and flag" look to it, rather than anything unique or exciting. Just a bit plain and boring.
Earlier this week WP Boxing announced their latest show, set for May 1st, and it's going to be a double header. Sadly it's one that could, easily go under the radar, despite being shown on DAZN as well as Work Point. The main bout will see the touted Thananchai Charunphak take on under-rated Filipino Adrian Lerasan, in what has the potential to be a very special bout. The co-feature will Thai youngster's collide as Phanuwit Siriwong battles Danai Ngiabphukhiaw. Neither bout is huge. But both are shown to be significant fights on the poster, which does a good job to promote two low profile bouts. Although a small show don't get us wrong, these are two very good bouts and both promise a lot of excitement.
On May 9th we get the next "Splendid Boxing" show from the Aioi Hall in Kariya City. As is typically the case with these show they aren't big shows, and there's little in terms of big name fighters, but the bouts are well matched and are expected to once again highlight the excitement that well match bouts in Central Japan can give us. Notably the poster does have some extra things going for it, including Hiroya Nojima in the main role, building on his fame from winning the 2020 All Japan Rookie of the year at Welterweight. They have used him well here, and know that he has some value as a local star.
Don't get us wrong, this isn't a great poster, but the team behind it have done really well given the lack of names on the show.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.