The first major Asian show of the new year is on January 11th as Kadoebi put on a very interesting looking show with a main event that has us very excited and a card that is actually pretty interesting through out.
The main event will see Yoshitaka Kato defending his OPBF Lightweight title against fast rising youngster Masayoshi Nakatani in a bout that we are really, really looking forward too. Although Kato will be favoured we are leaning towards Nakatani scoring the upset in the first OPBF title of 2014 and one of the first notable world wide of the new year.
As well as the main event the card is also set to feature Yukinori Oguni and Kenji Kubo who are both promising youngsters even though both do currently have a loss on their record.
As with most fights now, it seems that we some how get 2 posters with the top one coming from Kadoebi whilst a second one has been put out by Nakatani's promoter Ioka. Of two two it's certainly the Kadoebi one that looks more like a show poster but the Nakatani one is genuine the better looking and more professional one, even if it is just based on Nakatani.
One of the final shows of 2013 is "The best of best" a world title double header promoted by Watanabe gym and a show that promises to leave 2013 with fireworks.
The show, televised by TV Tokyo features a number of recogniable names on the undercard including Mexico's Carlos Cuadras, former Japanese champion Ryoichi Taguchi, Filipino Ryan Bito, former world champion Kohei Kono and model-come-boxer Tomomi Takano.
Although the under-card has notable names on it most of the bouts are mismatches. The main events however are mouth watering affairs as Takashi Miura faces Dante Jardon in a WBC Super Featherweight title defense and Takashi Uchiyama takes on Daiki Kaneko in a WBA Super Featherweight title fight. Both of those bouts are really exciting contests and better yet, there is real hope the winners will collide in a 2014 super fight. Yes this is the sort of show that helps give us the future and is a fantastic way to end the year.
In terms of the poster it's hard to complain. It has the 4 main event fighters, it has the details and although it misses some under-card stuff, it's fair to say the main events here are what will excite fans.
We're unsure what this card is actually called but it appears to be a show for December 21st and is promoted by Hakata Kyoei. We believe, well we're 99% sure, that the headline of this show will see Mako Yamada in action and she's the woman who features most prominently on the poster. This appears to be a bout for hear to fight for the WBA Minimumweight title though we've got reports from Korea that Yamada has already lined up a WBO title fight with Su-Yun Hong for February.
The poster it's self does look cheap though it is admittedly eye catching and has a solid Christmas theme to it which, if nothing else, is rather interesting.
We're really hoping to see Yamada/Hong in 2014 though if she loses her that fight could well be off before it's even really been spoken about.
Whilst some names have shows that sum up what is to be expected we can't help but wonder what the promoter was thinking here with "The Greatest Boxing Vol 17". The show, an 8 bout show at the Korakuen Hall, is unlikely to be anything like the "Greatest Boxing" but yet we'd be shocked if the card was actually a poor one as it has several exciting and fun to watch fighters on it.
The main event for a start promises major excitement as the always fun to watch Shuhei Tsuchiya takes on Kazutaka Takakuwa in a scheduled 8 rounder. Although scheduled for 8 we don't imagine it going the distance thanks to Tsuchiya who has a habit of stopping his foes or being stopped.
As well as the explosive main event we're expecting to see showcase performances in the shows chief support bouts which will see Daisuke Sakamoto hunting a major upset as he takes on the highly ranked Nobuyuki Shindo and the OPBF ranked Takehiro Shimokawara fighting against Thailand's Yodmongkol Singmanasak.
In regards to the poster it's not one of the best but then again it's not actually a bad one either. We're not out and out fans but it's acceptable as a poster and should be a great evening of fights if your at the Korakuen Hall.
This coming Thursday is expected to be an historic day in the boxing world as Abu Dhabi have their first ever professional boxing show. The card, promoted by Lion Heart Boxing Productions, is to be headlined by British Heavyweight Danny Williams who will be taking on Egypt's Mazur Ali.
Although none of the bouts on the card really stand out as much watch contests it is potentially a show that will help give boxing a new country to host fights, a new country that could help revitalise the sport and a country that could really pump money in to the system.
Unfortunately despite the potential big money shows that we may have in the coming years in Abu Dhabi this poster is very poor and looks like it has been done on the cheap unfortunately.
It's not often we get a poster for a Thai show but Friday sees one of those rarities as Pungluang Sor Singyu defends his WBO International Bantamweight title against Filipino Romnick Magos.
In regards to the actual fight it's a mismatch though we do like the poster which is a bit different to what we usually see in a boxing poster. The background is interesting and the three fighters at the front do allow us to know it's a boxing show despite the 3 non-boxers on the show.
On December 7th Teiken promotions proudly present the "The 520th Dynamic Glove" show as Yoshihiro Kamegai returns to Japan to fight Australian Tim Hunt for the OPBF Welterweight title. Kamegai, who takes up much of the poster space, is a man known on both sides of the world having fought several times in America.
Unfortunately on his most recent jaunt to the US Kamegai was beaten by Johan Perez and this will be his first bout following that loss. Thankfully however Hunt should be no match for the hard hitting Japanese fighter.
In terms of the poster it's only the main fight that is getting the attention when you look at the actual card that's not much of a shock. It really is all about this bout.
The 90th Dangan show is one that won't interest many international fans but on the Japanese domestic scene it's certainly worth taking note of as former Japanese Super Bantamweight champions collide. In one corner is Masaaki Serie whilst in the other is Rikiya Fukuhara.
Although just an 8 rounder it's a bout that is certainly very promising domestically. The rest of the fights on the show are forgettable on paper but this main event is very, very interesting.
The poster seems to build on the idea that Serie against Fukuhara is almost as big as a title fight despite it only being an 8 rounder. We really do expect the fight to live up to the expectation and do not be shocked if this is one of the most memorable domestic clashes of the year.
The Dangan series returns with the 89th Dangan show on December 9th. The always interesting series returns this time around with what looks like an explosive main event as Japanese Light Welterweight champion Keita Obara attempts to make the second defense of his belt. In the opposite corner to Obara will be Tetsuya Hasunuma.
The rest of the card promises some intrigue even if it's not one of the best Dangan cards of the year.
The poster keeps with the golden theme and multiple photo look that we're starting to get used to from Dangan posters although in this case Obara takes most of the focus with around 1/2 of the poster taken up by just him.
Not many fighters, anywhere on the planet, have the chilling power of Takashi Uchiyama. The WBA Super Featherweight champion is nothing short of a destructive and vicious monster in the same vein as Sergey Kovalev, Gennady Golovkin and Adonis Stevenson.
Uchiyama looks for the 8th defense of his title as he takes on the former Japanese champion Daiki Kaneko. For many this is a mismatch though that says more about Uchiyama who for us is the top guy at 130lbs.
In regards to the poster, we'd be shocked if there isn't another one released before fight night on New Years Eve. The red font does show the danger of Uchiyama but it does look to be an "Uchiyama poster" as opposed to a fighter poster. We're expecting a following up to include not only Kaneko but also the secondary bout from the card which features WBC champion Takashi Miura and Dante Jordan.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.