On September 26th fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see Yasuyuki Akiyama [秋山 泰幸] defending the WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF Middleweight titles against the hard hitting Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa [細川チャーリー忍]. Despite the match promising a lot, due to the styles of the two men, and the inclusion of the touted Daisuke Sugita on the card, the poster may well go down as the worst we've ever seen. It's simply dreadful, empty and uninspiring. Really poor effort from those behind the card.
On September 24th in Aichi fight fans will be able to see an incredibly highly anticipated WBO Flyweight title fight between Sho Kimura [木村翔] and Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成]. The show has two posters, one is a poster just for the bout, featuring the two fighters with equal billing, whilst the other is a Soulbox poster for the show, pushing Tanaka as the more significant fighter, and also showcasing "Prince" Kento Hatanaka. Typically we prefer show posters, rather than single fight posters, but this time we prefer the fight poster.
On September 24th in Beppu Japanese fight fans get a low key card, featuring the likes of Takeru Kobata and Tomoki Takada and Kanta Takenaka taking on Shun Imuta. Compared to the other show on the same day this has a pretty unexciting poster, with black and white images, a simple red background and almost nothing really that appealing about it. A real "meh" poster.
On September 29th fight fans in Taiwan will get a treat, with an OPBF Silver Super Featherweight title bout, as Takuya Watanabe takes on Paiboon Lorkham. The poster for the show is a simple on, selling heavily on the success of Watanabe, who really has been a true servant of Asian boxing. It's a simple poster, but an effective one.
On September 9th fight fans in Fukuoka will get the third in the "Champions Road" series of shows, with this one being headlined by a contest between Yuki Ozawa and Katsuhiko Kanno. The card isn't a big one, but does have a pretty interesting looking poster, also featuring the legendary Yoko Gushiken. There's a nice concept on the poster, and the colour scheme is pretty good, but there is a lot more they could have done to have improved it. A nice idea, but one they may want to do more with if they revisit it in the future.
On September 8th in the US fight fans get one of the most anticipated shows of 2018, Superfly 3. The card is the third in the Superfly series and features a trio of bouts, with Juan Francisco Estrada taking on Felipe Orucuta in the main event and supporting bouts pitting Donnie Nietes against Aston Palicte, for the WBO Super Flyweight title, and he returning Kazuto Ioka against McWillians Arroyo. The poster splits each of the 3 bouts into it's own box on an eye catching and rather exciting looking poster. It's not amazingly unique as a poster, but we do like the design, a lot, with it's simplicity and clarity.
On September 9th in South Cotabato fight fans will be able to see a mixture of Uzbek and Filipino talent, with local talent Mike Plania and Dave Apolinario both going for regional gold whilst Uzbek trio Ulugbek Sobirov, Bekzod Tursunboev and Jasur Akhmadjonov make up some of the supporting cast. The card isn't a big one but with that level of talent on the show it's one well worthy of a good sell from Sanman promotions, who will hopefully be recording the fights for youtube, as they have done sometimes in the past. The poster is simple, but sells on the fighters, which is always a good thing.
On August 23rd United International Boxing Promotions will put on their next show under the "United Cup" banner. The card features several fighters of note, including a very attractive clash between Ben Mananquil of the Philippines and Hinata Maruta of Japan. Sadly whilst there is some promise with the card the poster for the show is a less than great one, with a dull background that could have been brightened, and images of the fighters that don't really do anything great to sell the show. A real shame.
Earlier today in Shanghai Chaoqun Dong took on former OPBF champion Niwat Kongkan, aka Ratchasi Sithsaithong, the poster for the show was, unfortunately a bit of a dull one with a mostly black and white design. It's certainly not exciting or eye catching and is one that we certainly didn't think was a great poster, especially not for such a step up in class for Dong.
On August 24th fight fans in Shenzhen get an interesting Chinese card, headlined by a pair of WBO secondary title fights, including a mouth watering clash between the unbeaten Wenfeng Ge and the once beaten Ivan Soriano. The poster for the card features the 12 fighter on the in front of a space like background various details of the show. It's a very simple design and does well to increase interest in the show, bout could be much better than it is.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.