Sometimes a promoter tries to do too much with a poster or an event, and that seems to be the case here, with the 32nd Phoenix Battle service as the 2010 Tomihisa Shinsuke Cup and something called the "Meriken League". That's along with a very, very busy and over-active looking poster. If we're being honest the most notable faces on the poster are Naoko Shibata and Ayaka Miyao, who faced off. One interesting thing to note about this show is that it featured the debut of Ryuji Hara, who later went on to fight for a world title.
Here we have a rather notable poster for the 31st show in the Phoenix Battle series. The poster features some recognisable fighters, such as Akira Yaegashi and Ayaka Miyao. It is however more interesting for who was on the show, but not on the poster. That was Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who made his debut on this show, losing to Yaegashi. As for the poster it does feel like they've tried to include too much and it looks relatively low quality, which is shame for what, retroactively, a rather notable show.
The Ohashi Gym promoted a very notable show in December 2008, that saw them not only continue the tradition of having a Tomihisa Shinsuke Cup, but also feature some of the first sanctioned female bouts in Japan, including a bout of Ayaka Miyao, who was used as the big draw on the poster. Given thus one was one of Miyao's first Japan bouts it's a clear sign that Ohashi saw something really marketable in her. As Miyao the card also featured Riyo Togo, Kimika Miyoshi and, rather surprisingly, Hikaru Nishida, who later became the unified JBC and OPBF Middleweight champion.
On October 18th 2008 Ohashi put on a show that was held under the Dynamic Glove banner and the Phoenix Battle one. The card wasn't a huge one, but looking back on it it was an interesting one. On the under-card were Seiichi Okada, Akira Yaegashi and Go Onaga, whilst the main event saw Satoshi Hosono battle against Makyo Sugita for the OPBF Featherweight title. As for the poster it doesn't really have many of the hall marks of a Phoenix Battle show, but is a solid poster, with a lot going on there. A solid effort by those involved, even if it isn't too original.
In April 2008 Ohashi put on an interesting triple header at Korakuen Hall, featuring 3 bouts scheduled for 10 rounds under their regular Phoenix Battle series. The card featured notable named included Akira Yaegashi, Satoshi Hosono and Go Onaga, all in 10 round bouts, and Seiichi Okada in an 8 round supporting bout. The poster. We actually really like this poster, it's clear, simple, and almost gives off an occult feel, with the Phoenix Battle symbol right in middle. A nice one.
in December 2007 Ohashi put on Phoenix Battle 27, which was also a show held under the Tomihisa Shinsuke Cup moniker, named after the young fighter who was killed in a Japanese train accident. The poster for the event is a really simple looking one, but it's also a really smart and meaningful one, with the gloves on the ring representing Shinsuke Tomihisa. A simple but smart poster and meaningful poster.
On September 26th we'll see the next show from Shinsei who are putting on a rather notable card in Kobe. The main event will be the first world title fight in Japan since boxing restarted there, matching WBO Atomweight champion Mika Iwakawa against Nanae Suzuki. Other on this card include former world champion Shun Kubo and the returning Kohei Oba, who hasn't fought since 2014. The poster here makes the fighters look important, a lot of silverware on their shoulders. It might not be the best poster but it is an eye catching one, and really does sell Kubo as a big deal.
In September 2007 the Ohashi Gym put one of their regular Phoenix Battle shows, with this one in particularly being a pretty notable one. The show featured two 10 rounders, with Katsushige Kawashima and Satoshi Hosono picking up wins in those bouts, as well as the fifth professional bout for Seiichi Okada. The poster sells the show well on Kawashima and Hosono, and shows more than enough of the under-card to catch the eye of fans
In Spring 2007 the Ohashi Gym put on their 25th card in the Phoenix Battle card, with this being headlined by Satoshi Hosono. The poster is nothing too original, though we do like the colour design here. The card features the iconic Phoenix on it, and the colour scheme adds and air of mystery. Certainly not an amazing poster, but a solid one for what was a domestic card.
In December 2006 Ohashi Gym put on the 24th show in the Phoenix Battle series, with the sub theme of the show being an Ohashi Gym vs Hanagata Gym show. The card saw a bulk of the being bouts between fighters from the Ohashi gym, run by Hideyuki Ohashi, and fighters from the Hanagata gym, run by Susumu Hanagata.
The poster tries to sell that gym rivalry pretty well, with images of the two promoters along with the fighters. This was a cool idea and it's a shame we don't see more shows with this type of concept, even if all the bouts themselves were all rather small one.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.