On August 4th we get the next show from Hideki Todaka, under his "The Greatest Boxing" banner. The show is certainly not a special show, by any stretch, but as is typical with the shows under this banner, the match ups look like they should be good and the poster does it's best to show the fights that are on it. A decent, if somewhat over busy, effort here.
On July 24th we get the next show from Shinsei as they continue their Real Spirits series. The poster for the 74th edition of the series is a pretty basic one, but one that world, featuring most of the fighters on the card, in a pretty decent design. Nothing spectacular or amazing here, but it's solid enough and there's certainly not much to complain about here!
On July 12th we get a Danagn 4 round show. While these shows don't get much attention they do tend to be very enjoyable shows. As with all these 4 rounder shows the poster is very generic and yet we like the image used. One thing we don't like is that the "D" and "A" in Dangan merges in with the red glove to our colour blind eyes. It's a minor complaint but something that perhaps needs to be thought about in the future.
On July 10th Almaty, Kazakhstan, plays host to an MTK show that has an excellent main event bout as Dauren Yeleussinov takes on Arman Rysbek in a really, really good all Kazakh contest. Sadly whilst the bout is an excellent match up, the poster could have done with a lot more work, and it looks rather dull and uninspired, with far, far too much red on it for our liking.
On July 14th we'll get a co-promoted Watanabe Gym and Dangan show headlined by Ginjiro Shigeoka defending his WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title against Toshiki Kawamitsu. The poster makes it clear that that bout is going to be something special, and it's that bout they selling the show around. Big time. In fact the result of the poster features only a tiny portion for the under-card and supporting match ups. This is a good design, it makes the main fighters look like huge stars and it's a very solid poster, even if it's not the most artistic or unique. They've used what they have and they've used it well.
Later this month we'll see Naoya Inoue defending his unified Bantamweight titles against Filipino challenger Michael Dasmarinas. The poster has a number of different designs and this is the one being used by Fuji TV for their broadcast of the bout, giving the time of their broadcast, 8pm on June 20th, as well as the Top Rank design of the main poster. It's simple, it's basic and as a poster it's a little bit disappointing. We can't help but feel the main poster should have been better, but it is good to see Fuji are pushing their broadcast of the bout already.
One of the more interesting bouts on the calendar is also one of the most over-looked and that's the IBF Super Featherweight title bout between Russian based Tajiki Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov and Japan's Kenichi Ogawa. The bout really isn't getting much attention, but has had a pretty neat looking promotional poster image released from RCC Boxing. The image is the two fighters in front of what is essentially a Japanese flag, colouured with a brown-gold rather than white. It's simple. but it's effective.
The Dangan event schedule has been really ripped up over the past year of so with shows being cancelled, the pandemic and injuries. Despite the issues Dangan are still plugging away on on June 21st we get Dangan 240, headlined by Super Flyweight triple crown winner Ryoji Fukunaga defending his titles against fellow Japanese fighter Takahiro Fujii. The poster really pushes the main event, and ignores almost everything else on the show. It makes the main bout look great, though we do wonder if there is need for quite as much text as we're getting here.
The last 12 months or so have been a frustrating one for the Dangan team, who have had numerous shows cancelled due to the on going pandemic. Despite that they are battling through it, and will put on their next show on June 6th when they partner up with the Watanabe gym for a title triple header. All the fighters on the card are clearly seen in the poster, and whilst it's certainly nothing original or artistically amazing, it does a good job and showing exactly what fans will be getting. A solid overall, yet simple, poster.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.