There is something about big fight posters in the US that makes them really stand out compared to some of the other posts we have. One such poster is this one from HBO that's being used to help promote the up coming WBA Middleweight title clash between Gennady Golovkin and Curtis Stevens.
Golovkin, the defending champion, and Stevens are both in front of what appears to be a storm cloud, pre-empting a storm in the ring. With both men possessing thunderous punching power we will see thunder in the ring though only one man will stand victorious as "Monsters Collide".
It's hard to dislike a lot here. Sure the bout isn't the one we'd have all liked but it's certainly a fight that promises to be fun and with a good poster, two action fighters and the HBO network behind it, this is sure to be a success,
Just 4 days after the previous Dangan show we get "Dangan 87", the second of the A Class tournament shows. Like "Dangan 86" this is a show promoted by Reason Promotions and like the other show it's one with a lot of intrigue,
Like Dangan 86 this was scheduled to feature 9 bouts, including 4 of the "Class A" contests. Unfortunately however the show has lost a bout was the Nagamine/Hori contest at Flyweight has been cancelled.
The card doesn't look as good as the previous one though should be an interesting day of action.
In regards to the poster we like the similar theme to the previous show however this poster isn't quite as easy to read as the last one. Saying that however the details are all easy with the date, show name and several of the fighters names being very clear to read.
The first of two shows under the "Dangan" banner inside a week is "Dangan 86", which takes place on November 1st. The show, promoted by reason promotions, is the first of two successive A class tournament shows.
The show, in total, will feature 9 contests, with 6 of them being part of the "A class tournament", those bouts are the 6 that are shown on the poster.
The poster, whilst simple, is useful. It shows you, clearly, the 6 main bouts and the divisions they take place in. Sure it's nothing special but it's great that it's got English, as well as Japanese just to make everyone's life much easier. Simple but certainly effective.
One of the worst posters we've seen, mainly due to the image quality as opposed to the poster it's self, is for the "Japan, Orient Pacific Ocean and global prelude" a show put on by Ryukyu Promotions.
The show isn't one of the main ones but it's still a show worth checking out if you're in the Okinawa area on November 27th
The Dangan series returns on October 28th with the 85th show under the "Dangan" banner.
This show, held at the Korakuen Hall and promoted by reason Promotions is headlined by the return of recent OPBF Light Welterweight title challenger Shinya Iwabuchi, who faces Koichi Ogawa, though it also features 6 other bouts. Those other bouts feature two Japanese ranked fighters, though neither is as high profile as Iwabuchi.
In terms of the poster it's actually one we quite like. Iwabuchi of course takes the majority of the space though with several of the other fighters on the opposite side it does contrast rather well and gives a decent look to a pretty interesting looking poster.
At the Korakuen Hall on October 22nd Nittagym give us a very interesting looking 7 fight card with a double main event.
The first of the main events is a female bout as Kimika Miyoshi battles rival Riyo Togo for fifth time in their career. This will be the first OPBF female Bantamweight title defense for Miyoshi who will be looking to score her second victory over Togo, however at the moment Togo leads the 2-1-1.
The second of the main bout sees recent world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda in action as he battles the limited but tough Hyobu Nakagama in a 10 round none title bout.
The poster it self looks very busy though in all honesty it's a good busy showing off the fighters on the show and also listing the contests scheduled to take place.
October 21st see's Ohashi Gym putting on their next show, the "46th Phoenix Battle". This show, headlined by Japanese Minimumweight champion Ryuji Hara defending his title against Takashi Kunishige will also feature former world title challenger Satoshi Hosono and the fast rising Ryo Matsumoto amongst others in what looks to be a solid "B" level show.
In a bit of an oddity, we seem to have managed to have gotten the original promotional poster here, that was, once on Ohashi's website. We're not 100% sure how we got this one though we're very proud of the fact we've managed to get both for this show!
The annual "Strong Korakuen" tournament, the tournament to decide the next Japanese title challengers, hits "the hall" this week and this is the poster for it.
Unfortunately for such a big event the poster is pretty weak in all honesty though it does contain the fighters and the fights. Sadly however the sport of boxing isn't the most predictable and whilst there are 5 fights listed, and 10 fighters on the poster, 1 of the bouts is actually off.
Whilst the contest between Yoshihisa Tonimura and Sanosuke Sasaki is off, we still get 4 genuinely excellent bouts!
Not many fights make us tingly when we just think about them but the October 19th clash between tough as nails American Mike Alvarado and Russian powerhouse Ruslan Provodnikov is one that does.
Alvarado, fresh off the back of two FOTY quality bouts with Brandon Rios will be making the first defense of his interim WBO title, in the other corner will be a man many feel defeated American Timothy Bradley. If there is one word to describe what we think of this clash then "fireworks" would be our word with both guys likely to put on a show.
Despite how excited we are about the bout, we need to admit the poster is a bit weak. Sure it includes the two fighters and a chilly, Siberian looking background though in all honesty it's nothing special. Lets be honest though this fight is one where the talking will be done in the ring and not in the media.
On the same day as Reason's excellent "Diamond Glove/Dangan 84" show Mushima promotions put on an equally as interesting card of their own dubbed "You will be the Champion II".
This card will be headlined by Masao Nakamura, the Japanese KO sensation, battling Thai veteran Fahsai Sakkreerin whilst 2-time Japanese title challenger Takayuki Hosokawa leads the undercard fighting the highly ranked Patomsuk Pathompothong.
Although this show lacks any sort of title fight it is still an excellent show and we always love watching Nakamura who brings excitement to the ring every time he steps inside the ring.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.