On August 22nd we get the long awaited Hajjme No Ippo 30th Anniversary Tournament final, which was originally scheduled for May. The poster features not on a character from the Hajime No Ippo series, which the tournament was set up to celebrate, but also finalists Shingo Kusano and Daisuke Watanabe. It's a simple poster but an effective one and sells the fight, the tournament and the connection to one of the most popular fictional boxing properties. A very solid poster.
On September 8th we get the next show from Flash Akabane, under their regular "Over Heat Boxers Night" moniker. The card, like many planned, isn't a huge one, but it's a very solid one headlined by magician boxer Zirolian Riku. The poster has a rather strange look to it in some ways, almost looking like it's a poster that was originally made for a swimming pool, or maybe a Nirvana album cover, which has then had the boxers imposed on it. A weird design if we're being honest.
By August it seems likely that Japanese boxing will slowly be seeing normality resume with a host of cards now being announced for the month. One of the few to have posters already available is Apollo KO Live, set for August 10th. The poster is a really basic one, but one we do kinda see as being a bit charming, and a nice design, despite it's clear simplicity. Not amazing, but certainly not one of the worst we've seen.
It's hard to think of a show that has been delayed as many times this year as Green Dream Vol 11, which has not only been delayed, several times, but also seen it's main event change due to a fighter planned for the original card retiring. Despite the problems the show has gone through we are still set for a mouth watering main event as Masamichi Yabuki takes on Tsuyoshi Sato for the Japanese Light Flyweight title. The poster sells the entire event on the main event and to be fair, it's a great bout worthy of real interest.
On July 25th we see boxing return to Kobe with a double header thanks to the Shinsei Gym. On that card will be the rescheduled OPBF Light Flyweight title bout, between Kenichi Horikawa and Daiki Tomita as well as a Japanese female Atomweight title bout, between Kaori Nagai and Momoko Kanda. The poster sells the show on those two title bouts, and is a simple, but effective poster with a nice, clean, design.
Boxing in Japan won't begin again until mid July, with July 12th being the first show. Less than a week later we will be having the third show in the country with a card promoted by the Hiranaka Boxing School. The event, under their "Mugen" series. The poster for the show is a busy one, with a lot of faces on it, but also a poster that continuing with the typical Mugen design. Nothing amazing here, but nothing to really complain about either.
This coming Tuesday we'll see Mike Plania have his most high profile bout to date, as he headlines an ESPN card from Top Rank, and takes on world ranked Joshua Greer Jr. Whilst the venue for the bout will be empty the bout is a major bout on a major televised card, being shown internationally. The poster however really seems a bit underwhelming, as many Top Rank posters do. We understand Top Rank pushing the "Boxing is Back" line but thee reality is that the poster does little to sell the bout or really show how interesting it is. A good that has been let down by promotional work, not the first time we can say that about an event lead by Top Rank.
It's been a while since we've had a poster to share on here but here's latest for a KBM show, in June. The poster is to promote the first round of the 4th Battle Royal tournament, as well the KBM Light Middleweight title bout. It's a fairly basic design, but a solid one that sells the show well without doing too much, though trying to see the show on the very talented Sung Min Yuh. This is basic, but it works and has all the details we need in a poster, including the date, venue and how to watch the event.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.