On July 1st we'll see the next Ohashi promoted card under their Phoenix Battle banner. The card will be headlined by Koki Inoue defending the Japanese title against Ryuji Ikeda the card is also set to feature a host of notable youngsters, including Taku Kuwahara, Tsuyoshi Tameda and Katsuya Yasuda. The poster is a simple one, but foes make Inoue look like a star. It's but works.
July 5th sees a notable card in the Kazakhstan. The full details of the show haven't been revealed yet but the card is set to feature the in ring return of Beibut Shumenov, after almost 2 years out of action. The poster really sells hard on the Kazakh nationalism and the Kazakh fighters.
On June 25th we see the latest card in the Japan Vs Korea shows, with several bouts between the two countries. The poster for the show is a pretty basic one, but features the face of the fighters fighting in the main bouts. It's simple, but effective.
One June 19th Japanese fight fans get a triple header, headlined by a WBO Super Flyweight title fight, between Kazuto Ioka and Aston Palicte and also featuring a brilliant match up between Hiroto Kyoguchi and Satanmuanglek CP Freshmart. The poster for the card is a pretty simple one, with the fighters and match ups, yet it does have a premium look to it and has the star power to pull off the simple but effective design.
On June 28th we get the next show in the Flash Akabane series of "Over Heat Boxers Night". The poster keeps the style we usually see with the Flash shows, but without a really recognisable fighter on the show the poster suffers with a lack of star power. It's well put together, for the most part, but was always going to struggle to get real interest in what is a low level domestic card.
On June 16th fight fans in Wakayama will get the chance to see the 2018 Super Featherweight Rookie of the Year Yuri Takemoto headlining a small card at the Big Wave. The show isn't a big one, and the poster for it isn't amazing, but it is good to see the promotional teams pushing Takemoto as a star, even at this early stage of his career.
On May 24th we see one of the biggest shows in Egyptian boxing history, and bizarrely it's headlined by a Greek born fighter Andreas Valavanis, who is now based in Egypt, taking on a Thai fighter Narong Bunchan, aka Saddam Kietyongyouth. The poster sells the show on that main event, but doesn't do anything to really stand out, but they do try incredibly hard in trying to sell a WBF title fight as something to be excited by.
On June 15th we'll see once beaten Thai fighter Dennapa Kiatniwat, aka Sarawut Thawornkham, challenge WBA Flyweight champion Artem Dalakian in Ukraine. Despite not being the best of match ups we were expecting a relatively decent poster, but instead we've ended up with what looks like a pretty weak effort from someone using photoshop. A disappointing effort all around.
On August 3rd we get a Dynamic Glove card, thanks to World Sports Boxing. The card will feature former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue, fighting for the first time since his bout with Jamie Munguia, and also a Japanese Middleweight title rematch between Kazuto Takesako and Shuji Kato. The poster, although nothing amazing, is pretty pleasing on the eye and certainly beats some of the other posters we've been seeing in Japan this year. A solid overall effort, without doing anything spectacular.
On June 11th Japanese fight fans get the next show under the Fighting Spirit Series and it's an interesting card, featuring Ryohei Takahashi and Samartlek Kokietgym, among others. The poster is a busy one, yet it manages to combine busy with artistic and we genuinely like this. It's eye catching and we do like this, a lot.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.