On New Year's Eve we'll all be looking at Japan for our boxing fix, like the fight junkies we are, then slowly drinking ourselves to the bells. In China however there is another, less well known, card. Sadly details of this one are pretty unclear. The poster isn't the greatest, though does show a connection to the WBA, and does make it...visible, that there is an alternative to the card in Tokyo, for those boxing fans bothered in finding a different way to end the year.
On New Year's Eve WBO Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka will defend his title against Chinese challenger Wulan Tuolehazi. Here we have a Chinese poster for the bout, and if we're honest this make the fight look significant, and has a real eye catching look to it. We understand why the official Japanese poster went the way it did, selling the whole show, but we like this one, a lot.
This past Saturday there was a special IBO show featuring some notable names from Asia, including China's Qiu Xiao Jun who took on Japan's charismatic Yuya Nakamura. The promotional image for the card has a very pro-IBO look to it, and it's clear that they are the ones trying to garner as much from the show as possible, and using Jun as their figure point for the show. It's not awful, but it would be nice to see less focus on the title body.
The second Dynamic Glove card of 2020 will see Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano defending his title in a mandatory, as part of the 2020 Champion Carnival, against former world title challenger Keita Obara. The poster for the show really sells the show heavily on that main event, making it look like a monstrous bout. Sadly though we do feel more could have been done to try and make the under-card just a little bit more clear.
On December 28th the KBC will host one of their Rookie of the Year cards, with 5 bouts scheduled to be shown. The poster is a basic one, and there's nothing too amazing about it, but it does it's job in selling the show for what it is, a Rookie card.
KBM kick off 2020 with the first Asian show of the year, and it's a show that features 3 title eliminators as well as an interesting looking low level international bout. The poster is a really basic one, but does seem to sell the show pretty well for what it is, a low level, basic show.
On January 19th cocky Buffalo will be putting on a show in Seoul. To hype the event they've come out with this image, featuring a lot of their most notable fighters. It's a simple design, but one that does well to promote their fighters, even if it's not the most exciting of poster images.
On Boxing Day, December 26th, fight fans in Bern, Switzerland, will see local hopeful Alain Chervet take on unbeaten Chinese fighter Ju Wu in a bout for an IBO International title. The poster for the bout is about as basic as they come, but does the job of providing the bout with some form of visual awareness.
On January 18th 2020 KBM will put on one of their most ambitious shows yet, with 3 WBA Asia title bouts. The poster for the show sells heavily on the title bouts, and really puts them as the selling point, more than the actual bouts. Other than the title bouts the poster is a relatively basic one, yet they still manage to make it have an old school, classic appeal. A solid poster, for something that is so very, very simple.
On January 30th Filipino fighter Jade Bornea will make his international debut, travelling to Washington to take on Ernesto Delgadillo. The poster for the bout is a simple but effective one, with both men featured and not a lot of anything special happening. It's simple and straight forward, but it works.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.