On November 28th we'll see the next show in Harada Boxing Gym's long running Fighting Beat Boxing series, and it's an interesting one. The headline bout on the card will see Kyonosuke Kameda take on Daiki Asai, in a solid looking 6 rounder, whilst Ayato Hiromoto will be up against Ryosuke Nasu in the chief support bout. The poster is a decent one, it makes things clean and simple, and doesn't do anything special. Maybe a little bit dull, but we've certainly seen a lot, lot worse.
At the Airys Hall in Ota in August 2013 Japanese fight fans saw the then Japanese Featherweight champion Hisashi Amagasa fight in a non title bout, as he took on Zuri Kannan. Although the show was a small one, with no title bouts on it, it was a pretty notable one, and was held as a charity event, which is mentioned on the poster. The event tries to market hard on Amagasa, who was fighting in Ota, where he was originally from, for the first and only time in his career.
On August 9th 2013 fight fans in Japan saw the then Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake defending his title against Yukonori Hisanaga. The poster for the show sells hard on the main event with the under-card essentially packing up the bottom part of the card. It's rather funny that the two series of this show, "Golden Child Boxing", and "The Greatest Boxing", are so far apart on where they are on the poster, making it feel like two events in one.
On August 7th 2013 we had a Dangan card that had a tournament final for a B Class tournament. The poster is a pretty straight forward one, with the fighters who faced off against being above, or below, their opponent, but it worked well and made sense. Not our favourite type of design, but there is certainly a lot worse out there and we do like this for this type of poster for this sort of show.
Former world champion-turned-promoter Hiroshi Kawashima's has rarely had great posters for his "Untouchable Fight" series. Here however we will give credit where it's due for doing something different and not featuring a single boxing image, or boxer's face on the poster. It's certainly different to the usual designs we see on posters, and we don't dislike it as such, but we're really not sure how effective it was in selling the show. Sadly we suspect it didn't do a great job of making people think of boxing or of the show it was promoting.
On August 4th 2013 Green Tsuda put on a show at the IMP Hall, which was heavily centred around Nobuhiro Ishida, who had been fighting on the road over the previous few years. This was actually Ishida's first bout in Japan in close to 4 years. Despite not being in Japan he had been making a big name for himself internationally with fights in Mexico, the US, Russia and Monaco. He had also scored his career defining win over James Kirkland and fought with Paul Williams, Dmitry Pirog and Gennady Golovkin. Sadly the poster is a very, very simple one for a man who deserved a bit more effort here.
Back in August 2013 Japanese fight fans got a treat at Korakuen Hall with the 516th Dynamic Glove, which was a Japanese title double header. the card was headlined by Daiki Kaneko, defending his Japanese Super Featherweight title against Mitsuya Omura, and also featured Daisuke Nakagawa dethroning Tomohiro Ebisu of the Middleweight title. The poster for the card features the 4 main fighters, and quite a decent design. This is fairly solid, as many Dynamic Glove posters are.
On July 29th 2013 Japanese promoter Ichiriki held one of their "Fighting Bee" shows, and on paper this was a really interesting one, especially looking back. It had the debut of talented pairing Hikaru Marugame and Kenta Onjo, both of whom were eyed for big things, and the second professional bout of Reiya Abe, which he lost. Sadly though the poster was vert all over the place and not one we like. Just a bit of a mess if we're being honest.
On July 26th 2013 Japanese fight fans got one of the shows under the "Fighting Beat Boxing" series of shows, and this was, in all honesty, a weird one. The big standout asset on the poster is the monster, though sadly it feels like they don't do anything with this unique idea and instead...they plaster fighters over it. A real shame. Added to that is the huge amount of text and wasted space. A really poor poster.
On July 24th 2013 we got the 78th show in the "Dangan" series. This poster focused heavily on Masaki Serie, but also featured plenty of the supporting fighters on the show. It's not an amazing design, by any stretch, but it works damn well all things considered. It's simple, it works, and it pushes the biggest name on the show well. Decent without being amazing.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.