Bantamweight star Naoya Inoue is widely regarded as the face of Japanese boxing, but sadly hasn't fought at home since November 2019, when he beat Nonito Donaire. This coming December we'll see the Monster back in a Japanese ring as he returns for first fight at home in over 2 years and takes on Thai challenger Aran Dipaen. Whilst the bout is certainly not a major one, it is good to see "Monster" back in a Japanese ring. The poster for the bout makes it clear who fan will be there to see. Given the show at hand this is a perfect poster for the show, even if it completely ignores the under-card bouts, including a WBO Minimumweight title bout.
December 14th is set to be a big day for Japanese boxing with two notable cards taking place on the same day. One of those cards is a regional title double header, with OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito defending his title against Koichi Aso and a bout between Kosuke Saka and Yoshimitsu Kimura for the vacant OPBF Super Featherweight title. The poster promotes those two bouts really well in a solid, if somewhat basic, poster. The poster is designed to promote the main bouts and it does exactly that.
On December 12th Taiho Boxing Gym will put on the next show in their long running Champion's Road series of cards. The event is certainly not a major card, but it does feature some very interesting Japanese prospects, with Yusuke Mine and Tulio Dekanarudo both in action against much more established fighters. The poster, sadly, looks a bit empty and uninspired, which is a shame given the two main bouts are deserving of genuine attention and this poster won't generate much attention for them.
On December 12th fight fans in Osaka get a small card from Mitsuki Promotions. The card is certainly not a big one, but it is an interesting one, headlined by a very interesting match up between Kimihiro Nakagawa and Yu Konomura. The poster isn't the best, but it's still a pretty interesting one, for what is a lower tier Japanese card.
On December 11th we'll see former WBO Bantamweight world champion Tomoki Kameda return to his old stomping grounds of Mexico take take on Yonfrez Parejo in a WBA Super Bantamweight world title eliminator. The poster for the bout features the two men and their national flags, along with details of the main support bout and the various show details. It's not a unique design, but it is a tried and tested one and it works here. A solid enough poster for what is a pretty notable bout.
On December 11th we'll see an excellent Japanese match up as former 3-weight world champion Kosei Tanaka takes on former world title challenger Sho Ishida, in a bout viewed as a must win for both men. The poster used here is very much focused on Tanaka, speaking about his return, following a 2020 loss to Kazuto Ioka, and featuring only images of him, none of Ishida. It's eye catching, it's artistic and we like it, though it is a shame Ishida isn't really on the poster given he is such a big part of such a notable bout.
On December 10th we'll get the next show in the Overheat Boxers Night series of show. The show will be headlined by a bout between Hideaki Takagi and Hiro Ichimichi, in a low key domestic clash. The poster tries to make the bout look like a solid match up, but the show really isn't anything too big. Credit however to those behind the poster, who have managed to make a very low quality card look like there is a solid show here. It's not an amazing poster, but it's a decent one, for a very, very low level show.
We get the next Diamond Glove on December 9th, as Japanese Welterweight champion Keita Obara defends his title against exciting challenger Masaya Tamayama. The card also features a Japanese female title bout as Nanako Suzuki takes on Sayo Segawa for the vacant Japanese female Minimumweight title. The poster features the all 8 fighters on the card, but clearly focuses on the two main event fighters, who are set in front of a snowy backdrop. The poster is a solid effort for the level of show it's promoting, but we would like to see something new from the Diamond Glove shows in the future as the poster does feel somewhat samey to many of their other recent efforts.
On November 27th we'll see a new IBF Super Featherweight champion being crowned as Kenichi Ogawa takes on Azinga Fuzile for the vacant title. Sadly the poster for this is a rather dull looking effort from DAZN, who include the two fighters, along with the details of the bout and the Statue of Liberty, who appears to be trying to hide behind some N64-era video game fog. We can't help but feel so much more could have been done here, instead of this insipid effort.
On November 27th rising Indian hopeful Nutlai Lalbiakkima will get the chance to defend his IBA Intercontinental title, as he takes on Thai challenger Gerttipong Kumsahwat. The poster features the two men and their respective flags. It's certainly not the most interesting or exciting poster, but it does work for what it's doing.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.