Historically the Minimumweight division hasn't had massive attention no matter how big or interesting the bouts are. We don't think, internationally, that will chance any time soon though we do suspect that people will be talking about the division in the next week or two as Thailand's Knockout CP Freshmart battles with Nicaragua's Carlos Buitrago for the WBA interim world title.
The poster's a very simple one but also a good one. It shows both fighters, their national flags, the date, venue and records. Sure it could be improved but in all honesty it's not poster for what it is. Basic but solid.
(Image courtesy of Thairec.com)
Some posters seem to be just as much about boxing as they do something else and this one is a poster that shares the boxing with what appears to be a dinner show of some sort. We're unsure what sort of dinner shot, but there will be oldies and music available!
We'll admit we're not fans and we prefer it when boxing posters are boxing first and foremost. Then again it is nice to know there is something else there for those in attendance.
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This coming weekend in Russia fans will be treat to a brilliant Cruiserweight double header. The main bout will see Russia's WBA champion Denis Lebedev fighting the unbeaten Pawel Kolodziej whilst the co-feature, which has a promotional banner of it's own as you can see below, will see WBC champion Grigory Drozd challenge WBC champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.
Whilst the show is brilliant, and we really are looking forward to it, we need to admit the promotional stuff is limited, to say the least. The posters look like they've been done very cheaply and they don't excite us in the slightest. It's a shame because the bouts are brilliant, though of course the promoter probably knows that the bouts sell themselves here.
(Images courtesy of http://akboxing.ru)
Out last poster was one for the Renan Trongco/Hayato Yamaguchi bout, at the time we didn't realise a second poster was being produced and we suspected that the interesting but flawed poster we were originally sent would be the one used for the show. Thankfully however we have been sent an updated one, this one.
In comparison to the original poster this one is actually quite good and has a professional feel to it. It features the 2 main fighters and their details whilst also having extra details from the show and the information regarding the shows name and promoter. We wouldn't describe it as a sensational poster but it is significantly better than the original one.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
One of the numerous cards this coming Saturday is from the Philippines as Renan Trongco attempts to defend his WBC International Flyweight title against Japanese visitor Hayato Yamguchi. For Trongco this will be the first defense of the title that he won last September when he defeated Wang Xin Hua.
We'll admit the match up isn't great on paper though we do suspect that it will actually be an entertaining bout with two relatively even men involved in it, though we do sway towards the defending champion who appears to be more tested.
As for the poster it's rather strange. We like the centre with the two men in front of their respective flags though the edge of the poster have us confused with the water streaks as does the fact Yamguchi seems to be floating whilst Trongco has got a body below his chest. Strange goings on if we're being honest.
(Image courtesy of Elorde International Productions)
We love seeing fighters put on the fast track to the top such as Naoya Inoue and Kosei Tanaka, both of whom have set off their career at an amazing pace. Another man trying to do the same is Russian power-puncher Artur Beterbiev who, in fight #6, takes on former Light Heavyweight world title holder Tavoris Cloud. The step up for Beterbiev is huge but the former amateur sensation knows that with risk comes reward and a win will put him on pace to break the divisional limit for the fewest fights needed to win a world title, a record currently held by Beibut Shumenov.
The poster for the fight is one we like. The name of the bout is "L'aube Rouge", or "Red Dawn" and the red plays strongly in the poster. Of course red is also associated with both Russia, where Beterbiev is from originally, and Canada, where Beterbiev is based, as well as danger, which this bout is. It's not the greatest poster ever but it is a clever one.
(Image courtesy of http://www.groupeyvonmichel.ca)
One of the final Japanese shows this month comes from Tsukuba and although it's only a small, low profile card it does have interest fighter or two on it. The main event will feature Tatsuya Takahashi, the main man on the poster.
In regards to the poster not only does it feature the 3 men involved on the show but it also features a bout list and various details regarding the show. We won't pretend it's an amazing poster but the details and the such are all there. It's just a shame that the images are relatively weak and the trio of fighters involved aren't very recognisable. We've got to admit however that we do like the "shadow effect" use in the main graphic.
(Image courtesy of boxrec.com)
The next of the "Dangan" shows will be on September 24th and will be a double title show with the main event being a Japanese Minimumweight title defense by Go Odaira, who battles against Hiroya Yamamoto. The show, on papers, looks to be a pretty solid domestic card though maybe lacks much to catch international attention.
As for the poster it's a weak one and not one that really interests us. We like the show though don't like the poster which features the main fighters but uses an atrocious colour scheme that really doesn't appeal to use at all. Pink can work on boxing posters though it doesn't here we're afraid.
(Image courtesy of Dangan Boxing)
On August 30th a Korean show passed us by with out us knowing about it. Sadly by the time we had learned of the show it was 2 weeks later and the show was effectively marking the first official card of the Korean Boxing Federation, making a change form the old Korean Boxing Commission.
Although the show slipped us by we did manage to stumble on the poster for the card "after the fact" and have decided to include it.
In total there was 12 bouts on the card with the two headline bouts bout being notable contests. The main event saw the promising Ye Joon Kim defending his WBC Youth Tittle against Thai challenger Susu Sithjadaeng whilst in the co-feature saw former WBO female Minimumweight champion Su Yun Hong battle against Dan Bi Kim. The remaining 10 bouts were all between relative no-names all of whom are pictured at the bottom of the poster.
Although the poster isn't great it does feature 23 of the 24 fighters involved on the show and also makes it clear that this is a KBF show as well as the date, television information and the number of fights on the card. Sadly however it is a bit basic. Hopefully however the poster will act as a start of a new era in Korean boxing which has fallen apart in recent years as the KBC effectively rung the death knell on Korean boxing.
(Image courtesy of http://www.koreaboxing.or.kr)
Some shows literally look like they've been thrown together by a kid using paint shop pro. Sadly that looks to be the case for the upcoming "Big Fight Boxing Vol 43" show. The card, which takes place next Sunday, isn't a hugely important one though it is a notable one as it's the show that will feature Eguchi Keiji's retirement ceremony.
On the whole we don't like the poster. The idea seems a good one but the way the fighters have been put on to it is poor and takes away from the concept of the poster, a real shame.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.