On October 3rd we see the next WP Boxing event from the Work Point Studio in Bang Phun. The show features Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in the main event as well as Apichet Petchmanee in a supporting bout. Overall the poster has a style similar to that of other WP Boxing events, though strange it does have a rather jarring line across it telling us about the title that Apichet will be defending. It would seemingly make more sense to not have the black banner there, and just have the writing over the background. A real oddity.
we'll see WBC Middleweight champion Jermall Charlo take on Sergiy Derevyanchenko, in a genuine great bout on part of a brilliant show. Interestingly the bout, but not the full show, appears to be getting broadcast in Kazakhstan on Khabar TV, and has had a poster-style image created for it. Sadly it's a really basic image, but does include the TV channel, the date and time, and the details of the bout. It's a simple image, but an interesting one given the fact Kazakh TV are carrying the bout.
Following his 2011 loss to Jhonny Gonzalez we saw Japanese great Hozumi Hasegawa slowly rebuild towards another world title fight. His third bout after the Gonzalez defeat saw him take on Weerapon Kingsantea, in the main event of Real Spirits 29. The bout focuses on Hasegawa and has a pretty cool visual decision. It's simple, it works and it makes Hasegawa look great. A simple but effective poster.
On April 26th 2013 fight fans in Tokyo had the chance to attend the 71st show under the Dangan banner. The show was certainly not a big one, but there was one or two men of note on the card, including the then unbeaten Hiroya Yamamoto and the future Japanese Featherweight champion Takenori Ohashi. The poster is a basic one but it's certainly not a bad one. Just a bit basic.
On April 23rd 2013 we had the 30th show in the Tomorrow's Champion series of events. It wasn't a major show, at all, but did feature some fairly notable notable names, such as Kenta Nakagawa and Ryuta Oysuka. The poster isn't actually a terrible one for a low level domestic show, even if it's not amazing. It's a bit busy but it looks more than acceptable.
On October 13th we'll get the next show in the A-Sign Bee series and it's a genuinely solid Japanese domestic card. The main event is a mouth watering clash between Reiya Abe and Ren Sasaki whilst supporting bouts include a contest between Kai Chiba and Haruki Ishikawa. The poster is a busy one but it's one that works, showing off a lot of the talent on the show, how to watch it and when to watch. It's a genuinely solid poster, and one we do genuinely like!
It feels like a really long time since we last had live boxing televised in Japan but on October 3rd it returns with a Japanese Light Middleweight title bout between Hironobu Matsunaga and Yuto Shimizu. The poster for this is a pretty basic one, but one we like, a lot. The inverted colours look great, the design is clean and it makes it very clear who the draws are. It's simple, but very, very solid.
Some posters really are dreadful and this poster from 2013 is one of them. The poster, for the 6th show matching fighters from Kitakyushu and South Korea is one of the most plain, unremarkable and boxing designs we can recall seeing in a very long time. A very, very weak poster.
One sad thing to admit is that many boxing posters tend to be quite samey now a days. It's a shame but few promoters are willing to try anything new or different. In April 2013 however we got this absolutely gorgeous poster that focused not on a fight but instead the retirement ceremony of former world title challenger Takehiro Shimada. This is absolutely breath taking, unique, simple, but effective. It stands out in a realm of over packed posters and looks brilliant. Whilst it's not a design we'd like to see used a lot, it does stand out and was genuinely one of the best posters from the entire month.
Historically one of the sports best rivalries was South Korea Vs Japan. It was a rivalry that gave us some amazing match ups and some instant classics. Sadly in recent years they have been a lot less regular than they once were. One of the last great bouts in the rivalry came in 2013 when OPBF Light Welterweight champion Min Wook Kim travelled to Japan and took on Shinya Iwabuchi. The poster for the bout sadly doesn't do the bout justice, and it looks just a touch dull and lifeless, a million miles away from the incredible war the two men gave us. This was a great bout, but sadly it had a sub standard poster.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.