To end the boxing year in Osaka Japanese fans get the chance to see one of their biggest stars, Kazuto Ioka, battle in a rematch against Juan Carlos Reveco. The poster for the bout is a simple one, showing Ioka as the key figure, though also featuring fellow champion Katsunari Takayama in a small inset image. It's a simple design but one that works.
On New Year's Eve there is a lot of action and in the eyes of many there is a lot of mismatches. One such bout is the IBF Minimumweight title bout between Katsunari Takayama and Jose Argumedo. The bout is regarded as a mismatch but should still be fun to watch. The bout has it's own poster with the two fighters, their flags and the collection of Takayama's belts all on show in what is a solid but unspectacular poster for the bout.
On New Year's Eve fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see two Japanese world champions defending their title, as Watanabe pair Takashi Uchiyama and Ryoichi Taguchi look to extend their reigns against Latin American challengers. The bouts really don't look competitive, sadly, but we must admit that we like the poster which looks very dark and brooding. It's a solid poster for a very poor show.
On December 31st Japanese fans get the chance to see Kosei Tanaka make the first defense of his WBO Minimumweight title, The youngster takes on Filipino puncher Vic Saludar in what looks like a very interesting match up. The poster for the bout is all about Kosei with Saludar not featured other than in a tiny bit of Japanese text. In some ways it's a shame that Saludar's inclusion on the poster however it's clear that Tanaka is the star and he is the reason the show was made.
On December 29th Japanese fight fans get a treat with the Boxing FES 2015, arguably the best show of the year on paper. The card features a list of notable bouts and it's own mini collection of posters. The poster, of which their are 4, are all very different but are all for the same show, albeit appealing in different ways.
The poster on the most left is a poster that features 6 Ohashi gym fighters, 5 of which are pictured with titles of some type. The left centre poster features 4 Ohashi gym fighters, with 3 of those being regarded as the future of Japanese boxing. The Right centre poster is a poster that was specifically designed for the under-card bout between Satoshi Hosono and Akifumi Shimoda whilst the one on the right was designed for Filipino fans and fans of the Inoue brothers, with the two bouts featuring Inoue's being advertised on the poster. There really is something out there for everyone.
On December 27th Japanese fans in Kyoto get a treat as local fighters collide in a potential Christmas cracker. The bout will see Japanese Light Flyweight champion Kenichi Horikawa battle against fast rising youngster Ken Shiro in what should be a really intriguing fight. The poster makes it clear that their match up is the main event, and the big sell for the show, though does also feature some of the under-card fighters in smaller images at the bottom. It's a simple, eye catching poster and one we have liked since we first saw it.
The final Taisei gym show of the year comes on December 27th, when their star prospect Riku Kano takes a huge step up in class to face off against former world title challenger Pigmy Kokietgym.The poster is packed with the faces of many of those in action and although it does look a crowded poster it does show the fans what they are getting.
*Note-The card is called "To the World from Sanda 6" this is the first time we've had the name in English for one of these shows and it's literal translation is "To the world from Mita 6", hence the issues witht he previous 5 shows in the series. That's our mistake and we're sorry for any confusion.
On December 27th Hanagata gym put on their final show of 2015 and show case some of their brightest talents, including former world title challenger Saemi Hanagata. The poster for the show is a simple one but includes their stars who are hoping to end 2015 in style and move into a very promising 2016. It's a simple design but it's an eye catching one, and one we rather like.
Every so often a show comes along with an excellent name, that's the case with "Samurai Rock", the show name for the upcoming Japanese title bout at 154lbs between Yuki Nonaka and Koshinmaru Saito. The poster, which features the champion as the predominant figure, has a nice artistic feel but does lack the challenger and does look almost like a poster for a training session headed by Nonaka rather than an upcoming title fight.
The first post-Christmas show this year, and the one that really kicks off the boxing festivities, comes on December 26th and is a Shinsei promotions card headlined by an OPBF title bout between Shun Kubo, Shinsei's rising star, and Filipino puncher Lloyd Jardeliza. The bout isn't a huge bout but is a very interesting test for two young fighters looking to make their way in the sport. The poster, as a result, show cases Kubo as well as 3 other fighters on the card. The poster also features details regarding the show's date, venue and time. A solid all round effort.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.