On July 1st IBF Minimumweight champion Rene Mark Cuarto will be taking on Daniel Valladares in Monterrey. The poster for the bout features the two men, their respective flags and little else. Despite being a simple poster, and a straight forward design, it is one that works well, and makes the bout look like it's something huge. A solid poster, that makes the men involved look like stars.
On July 6th Watanabe Gym will be putting on a show in Kumamoto headlined by the two Shigeoka brothers, as Japanese champion Ginjiro Shigeoka defends his title against Naoya Haruguchi and Ginjiro's older brother Yudai Shigeoka defends his WBO Asia Pacific title against Cris Ganoza. The two brothers are the stars of the show and are the stars of the poster, making it clear that the show is based on them and their return to Kumamoto. This is eye catching, yet simple and makes the brothers look like huge stars.
On July 20th Watanabe Gym will be putting on a relatively small card at Korakuen Hall. Looking at it the card it's self wouldn't get much attention, despite some pretty nice domestic bouts. It does however have an event that isn't listed on Boxrec, and that's the retirement ceremony of former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto, who will share the ring for a friendly spar with former world champion Takashi Uchiyama, in something's that's regarded as a big enough draw to be the focus of the poster. If we're being honest it's a smart move by Watanabe Gym, who will know that Uchiyama is still a draw, and more so than the fighters in actual bouts on the show. Given the focus is Minamoto's retirement ceremony it makes sense he's the star of the poster and whilst the show is, overall, nothing major this poster certainly does it's belt to attract attention to the event.
In early July we'll see the next Dynamic Glove card and it's one with an excellent headline bout as Shokichi Iwata takes on Kenichi Horikawa in a bout for the Light Flyweight title crown, whilst also featuring a number of notable debutants. The poster sells the entire show on the main event, and in fairness this is an excellent way to sell the show, putting the two men on the poster, next to each other. It's simple, but it's effective. The only real issue is we think it's have been better if Iwata's picture had the Japanese title on his other shoulder, but it's a minor complaint.
At the very end of July we get the next show in the Kinokuni KO Boxing series of events. The poster pushes the main event, between Yuri Takemoto and Takuya Uehara, and a guest appearance from Kenshiro Teraji. Sadly the poster does very little to really push the overall show and whilst it's not an awful poster, it doesn't really make us feel too excited about the show, with Kenshiro's appearance n the poster being the most interesting thing about it.
Towards the end of July we'll get the next major show from Shinsei Gym, with the card being headlined by former world champion Tomoki Kameda facing off with William Encarnacion, with an under-card featuring the likes of Kohei Miyamoto, and Ryosuke Nasu. The poster is somewhat disappointing if we're being honest and it feels they've not made Kameda's return seem a bigger deal. He really should have had a lot more of the poster space, as he is the biggest draw by far, and the poster should have been more focused on him than it is. It's a decent enough design but it does feel liek a few small changes would have improved this a lot.
Mitsuki Promotions and Diamante Promotions are set to work together on July 24th to promote a card headline by WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka defending his title against Hiroya Nojima. The poster of the show is, sadly, quite over packed and too busy for our liking, and it would have looked better had it just been a bit less busy and a little bit tidier. It's not a bad poster, but one that we feel is just simple too stacked in the middle, with a bit too much text at the botton of the poster.
On July 12th we'll get the next show under the Phoenix Battle banner, and it's a genuinely interesting card, with a Japanese Light Middleweight title bout as the headline bout, as Makoto Kawasaki takes on Ryosuke Maruki, and a who's who of Ohashi Gym prospects on the under-card, with Kazuki Nakajima, Ryutaro Nakagaki, Katsuya Yasuda, Taku Kuwahara, Kenta Yamakawa and Yuya Tanaka. The poster pushes Kawasaki hard, but also gives plenty of attention to the youngsters on the show in a clear and simple poster.
On July 10th we'll be getting the next show under the Splendid Boxing!! banner, and unlike in the series this event will be an all 4 rounder even, rather than a more standard show with a mix of bouts across various levels of the show. As a result of the way this card is planned, the poster lists all the bouts on it, and doesn't try to sell the event on the specific fighters. We love 4 round shots, they are typically exciting and fun to watch, and it's nice to see when promoters push that aspect of the show, rather than who's going to be on it.
On June 24th we are set to get a great card for fans of the lower weights, with WBO Light Flyweight champion Jonathan Gonzalez defending his title against Filipino challenger Mark Anthony Barriga, on a card that will also feature a mouth watering co-feature between Axel Aragon Vega and Angelino Cordova. The poster really sells the show on those two bouts and although it's a simple design it's a eye catching and simple one. A really good poster that features the 4 main fighters, their flags, addign something of a cosmopolitan feel to the poster.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.