On February 11th fight fans in Hiroshima will get the chance to see OPBF Light Flyweight champion Edward Heno defending his title against local fighter Koji Itagaki. The poster is similar to many of the
SANEI FIGHT PROBOXING posters, and doesn't look great, though attempts to sell the show heavily on the OPBF title and on Itagaki's inclusion. We do wonder if this would have been more effective had Heno been more noticeable, rather than buried in the background.
On February 10th fight fans in in Hyogo will see Tenta Kiyose battle against Ben Mananquil for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title. The poster for the show looks a pretty interesting one, with the fighters from the card on it, as well as the venue and a strange image of the moon. It's a poster we like, and it does do well to catch the eye, and make it clear the show is a boxing card.
On December 29th in Hong Kong fans will be able to get a small card featuring so low key regional title fights, as well an exhibition featuring WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin. The show, which appears to have been put together at short notice is a very low key card though the appearance of Wanheng is certainly something notable.
To end January 2019 fight fans will be able to see former world title challenger Aston Palicte battle Jose Martinez in a WBO eliminator at Super Flyweight. The bout will see the winner take on either Kazuto Ioka or Donnie Nietes, who fight for the belt 1 month earlier, later in 2019. The poster really looks over bright and doesn't really have the sense of a boxing poster, maybe more selling the hotel or a performance of some other king, which is a bit disappointing given how good this match up actually is.
On January 19th we'll get the second Japanese card of 2019, and the first to be televised thanks to G+. The card will see Shingo Wake battle against Takafumi Nakajima and Reiya Abe take on Daisuke Sugita, in two excellent match ups. The poster features those 4 men in in the middle of the poster, as well as having fire like background. It's exciting and dangerous and we like it. It captures the eye well.
The first notable show of 2019 is Chinese show, headlined by unbeaten Chinese fighter Wenfeng Ge battling against Filipino Giemel Magramo. Interestingly not all the details on the poster are actually right, such as Magramo's record being wrong. It's a very basic design and with the errors it's hard to describe this as anything other than terrible.
On December 28th fight fans in Osaka will get the next show in the Champ Fight series, headlined by fast rising youngster Rikuto Adachi. The poster is a simple one, but features the images of the most notable fighters on the card, including Tae Il Atsumi. It's a simple poster but one that appeals to the local fan base.
We see the 2019 Champion Carnival kick off on January 12th with a double header from the Korakuen Hall. The show will feature a Japanese Minimumweight title bout, between Shin Ono and Norihito Tanaka as well as a Japanese Super Bantamweight bout between Mugicha Nakagawa and Ryoichi Tamura. The poster sells those bouts, as well as a guest appearance from Kohei Kono, in what is a solid poster for the first Dangan card of the new year.
To end the year Chinese fight fans get a double header, with shows on December 22nd and December 23rd. The cards aren't massive, and certainly weren't publicised very well, but will both feature a number of title bouts and a number of notable Chinese fighters. Sadly the poster for the shows, which is a combined poster, is very poor and does nothing, much to sell the shows.
On January 25th Japanese fight fans see the first Dynamic Young Fight Boxing card of 2019, headlined by the popular Tatsuya Takahashi taking on Gaku Aikawa. The poster featured a lot of the fighters on the card, but to us it looks less than spectacular, in fact it's just a bit of a mismash, rather than a solid idea. A poor effort overall.
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