On June 6th Korean boxing will have a new champion crowned as Kook Min Moon and Tae Sun Kim battle for the KBM Super Featherweight title. The poster is a more well designed than many we see from South Korea. It has artistic ideas behind it, and does sell the bout as something big. Sadly though it's also a flawed poster. The test on Sun's hair is a nightmare to reas, with "Super" almost hidden in his hair, and the rest of the text is simply too big, taking up too much space. It would be nice to see the text scaled down a little bit, but other than that, we do like this one.
On June 27th the BM Promotions will be hosting a KBM Super Flyweight title bout between Jung Tae Woong and Lee Ju Ho. The match up might not be worthy of much international attention, but it's certainly a decent match up and, with it being in Korea, it'll be a really exciting one. After all Korean bouts are almost always thrillers. The poster for the bout is a very simple one, with the two fighters, and a huge "Boxing M" logo in he middle. As with most Korean posters it's not a work of art, but is a very functional poster. A very basic functional worker.
KBM have organised a show set for July 3rd in Gyeonggi Province headlined by a WBC Asia Welterweight silver title bout between the light hitting Min Ho Jung and the fun to watch Hwang Kook Je. The poster for the bout is an incredibly basic one, but also a pretty decent one. It's simple, it's a little bit plain, but all the details are clear, in English and Korean and it's obvious what the bout is. It's effective, yet basic poster that does it's job.
On June 26th 2021 we'll see a very, very interesting match up at the RCC Boxing Academy as Zhora Hamazaryan battles against Kyrgyzstan's Erzhan Turgumbekov. The bout, which takes place in Ekaterinburg, has a really, really red poster. Not much else to say other than that it features the two men and is REALLY, red!
This coming weekend we get the chance to see a mouth watering match up between two men each looking to make their mark on the sport and move towards a world title bout at 140lbs. The men in question are 30 year old Kazakh Batyrzhan Jukembayev and 29 year old Puerto Rican Subriel Matias, who should make for a sensational clash. Interestingly there does appear to be a poster for the bout, and it's a great one. It's artistic, it's stylised and rather unique. It catches the eye really well and does exactly what a poster should do. A very, very goood poster here for a really good match up.
On June 26th, as part of a solid Top Rank card, we'll see unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly take on former WBA "regular" Middleweight champuion Robert Brant. To help promote their bout there is promotional image being shared. The image, although not a fully show poster, is a solid one, even if it's a simple one from an artistic point of view. It features the men their records and and little else. Super simple, super basic, but still effective.
On May 29th we, finally, get to see WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali defending his title against mandatory challenger Nonito Donaire, more than a year after Donaire was made Oubaali's mandatory challenger. Whilst we do expect a really good bout, we're not going to lie, the poster for the bout is really underwhelming, boring and dull. The bout deserves better than this from PBC and Showtime, and instead it just gets a rather basic image of the two men, and where to watch it. It's a shame PBC don't get different artists in to make these all look unique and fresh, something that would add to the otherwise solid PBC product.
One June 20th fight fans in Aichi will get the chance to see the Central Japan Rookie of the Yea semi-finals, with 7 bouts set for the show. Sadly the poster to promote the event seems to be more focused on the promoter rather than boxing, and it really does push the Fujimaki Group a lot more than it pushes the boxing. That's a shame in some ways, but it's an understandable one given how low profile the fighters involved are.
This coming weekend MR Boxing Promotions will be putting on their next card in Florida. Although not a huge one it does feature a number of interesting fighters, including Kazakh Cruiser Serik "Panada" Mussadilov, who's competition has been terrible but his bouts tend to make for short little and destructive performances. The poster for the card looks okay. A little bit too packed in the center for us, but certainly not a bad poster.
On June 29th we get a Misako Boxing event, headlined by the rematch between Tomoko Okuda and Miyo Yoshida, who battle for the WBO female Super Flyweight title. The poster for the two women sells the bout hard on the main event, but also features a number of the under-card fighters lower on the poster. This is a basic design, similar to the ones used for Diamond Glove shows recently, but is a solid design and one we don't mind seeing more of.
We need to admit that it is disappointing to not see this have the Diamond Glove banner, suggesting this may not be a televised show. Fingers crossed some sort of distribution can be agreed for this show.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.