On December 8th in South Africa Filipino fighter Cris Alfante will battle for the WBO Intercontinental title at 115lbs, as he takes on Yanga Sigqibo. The bout, although not the main event, has it's own poster image. It's nothing original, but it does the job and tries to sell the bout without, without too much glitz or glamour.
It's amazing to think that we've yet to move into December but posters for February are already coming out, as this poster for a show planned for February 8th shows. The poster isn't a massively amazing one, but does feature a number of notable Filipino names, including Jestoni Autida and Lito Dante, who actually fights a highly regarded prospect in December. It sells the show fighters involved, and really does come with some interesting names, such as Alvin Lagumbay. It's simple, yet does a good job at selling a card that is clearly not fully matched up yet.
On December 21st we see a famous name in the ring, as Jimuel Pacquiao, the eldest son of Manny Pacquiao, trades blows with Kunwoo Kim John in a show that mixes professional and amateur boxing. Sadly it feels like those backing the show are being made to feel more significant than those competing on it, and it's just a but dull and uninspired. It feels more could have been made of Pacquiao's from a marketing perspective and more colour could have helped.
On December 28th we'll see the next Hiroki Ioka promoted card, headlined by Sho Ishida battling against Mexican foe Israel Gonzalez in an IBF Super Flyweight title eliminator. As well as the main event the show features a Japanese Youth title fight and an interesting Japanese domestic Welterweight bout. The poster shows a lot, and makes Ishida look like a big star. It's not an amazing poster, but it is a very clear one, and pushes the main event as a big fight. A solid poster, without being spectacular.
On New Year's Eve TBS host one of their traditional end of year cards, headlined by Japanese star Kazuto Ioka, who defends his WBO Super Flyweight title against mandatory challenger Jeyvier Cintron. That bout is on of 3 world title bouts on the card, with WBO Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka defending his title against Chinese challenger Wulan Tuolehazi and WBO female Super Flyweight champion Miyo Yoshida defending her title against Li Ping Shi. The poster is a pretty uninspired given the quality of the show, and it's a real shame that the poster didn't match up to the quality of the show.
On 21 September fans in Florida may be set for a genuine hidden gem of a bout as talented young Filipino Mike Plania takes on the unbeaten Nicaraguan Giovanni Gutierrez. On paper this is a brilliant match up which will be over looked by most. Whilst the poster isn't great it does try to make the guys feel important, though maybe not quite as important as M&R boxing who appear to be more of the focus than the actual fighters.
On December 16th Filipino fighter Joey Canoy will be in action in South Africa as he faces former IBF Minimumweight world champion Nkosinathi Joyi. The bout might not be a huge one, but it's certainly an interesting one, and one that could well see Joyi suffer another upset, with the South African not being the fighter he once was. The poster is a pretty basic one, but it's an effective one, with a very clear focus. Simple but effective.
On November 28th Petch Sor Chitpattana, aka Tasana Salapat, will be defending the OPBF Silver Bantamweight title, as he takes on Filipino foe Aries Buenavidez. The poster for the bout is a very simple one featuring the two fighters. It's nothing amazing, but it's simple and it's effective.
On December 22nd we'll see the 2019 All Japan Rookie of the Year finals. As with these shows very year the poster is a basic one, with the East and West Japanese fighters shown in a photograph together and a list of the fighters involved. Nothing special here, but it does it's job and does help show what fans will get at the event.
On December 21st fight fans in Naga will get an interesting card, headlined by Vic Saludar, and featuring two of his brothers. The show isn't the biggest or most stacked, but it is an interesting one with Vic Saludar fighting for the first time since losing the WBO Minimumweight title earlier this year and also featuring recent world title challenger Casey Morton. The poster makes the card look important, but it's a shame the fighters appear to be such a minor part of the poster.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.