On January 21st we'll see the return of the Fresh Boy series of shows, almost 2 years after the last show under the banner. Sadly it's not a very big show, but it should be an interestingly one with a lot of novices in action as they look to begin their careers. The poster has a rather strange look to it, in our eyes, due to the extreme busy look in the middle and the space at the bottom, but it's certainly not a terrible poster, by any stretch.
On tomorrow's big Japanese card from Tokyo there are two bouts getting interest from fans. One of those is WBO Super Flyweight title fight and the other is the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title bout. Notably however there is a third bout worthy of attention, and that is the 8 round shown down bout touted youngster Yuki Nakajima and Toma Kondo, a bout that won't be getting TV attention, but is one worth being aware of. Interestingly Nakajima's promoter Kadoebi have put together their own promotional poster for the bout, which features the two men and a lot of text. It's not a great poster, but we do like seeing the bout get a bit of attention, as it is one worth being aware of.
On January 30th we'll see former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng take on Arnon Yupang in a bout for a regional WBA Featherweight title. The poster for the bout is a very, very basic one, with the two men on the poster, along with their names, a large WBA Asia logo behind them and a few basic details regarding who will be showing the bout. We feel this is a basic poster and it's uninspiring, but it does, just about, do it's job.
On February 11th we'll see a brilliant Japanese Featherweight title showdown as defending champion Ryo Sagawa takes on mandatory challenger Hinata Maruta. The poster for the bout is a relatively basic one, with the fight being allowed to sell it's self. The two men are there, with their names and the title. Nothing amazing, but still eye catching enough. The poster also features inside pictures of Ryu Horikawa and Yudai Shigeoka, who will be on the under-card. A simple but effective poster.
On December 26th Chinese fight fans will get a rare regional Crusierweight title fight. The poster is a rather basic one, though we do look Wang Jainzheng sporting a WBO Asia Pacific title, in a bout being sold as a WBC regional title bout, a little bit of trolling their we feel.
With just over 2 weeks to go we finally got the poster for the December 31st blockbuster in Tokyo , is the 5th show under the "SANKYO Presents LIFETIME BOXING FIGHTS" series.
The event is headlined by the hugely anticipated WBO Super Flyweight clash between Kazuto Ioka and Kosei Tanaka, and will also feature a mouth watering support bout between Yuki Strong Kobayashi and Daigo Higa. All 4 men are on the poster in front of what is, essentially a Japanese flag. The colour scheme is very simple, but yet it is a striking sign of what this card is about. Japan. It's simple, it's effective and it's all about Japanese fighters.
On January 22nd 2021 we'll get a stacked Dangan card with two Japanese title fights. One will see Yusaku Kuga defending his Super Bantamweight title against Gakuya Furuhashi whilst the other will be a sensational battle between Kosuke Saka and Takuya Watanabe. The 4 feature in the main positions poster, whilst others on the poster will be involved in very good looking under-card bouts. A solid, well put together and eye catching poster, and one that remains in the Dangan style.
On December 16th we see Suleimen Promotions putting on their next show. One of the bouts on that card will see unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Yevgeniy Pavlov take a huge step up in class to take on upset minded Filipino Alie Laurel. Strangely the bout has it's own poster, and it's one that has really pleased out eye. The poster has a solid, exciting, shiny design. It's a basic design, given an artistic twist, and we like this one, a lot. A really solid promotional image with the fighters, the weight and the date of the fight.
In just under a week's time we'll see WBA female Super Featherweight champion Hyun Mi Choi make her international debut as she takes on Calista Silgado in the US. Sadly the poster is a pretty weak one, with a lot to criticise. Firstly there's no mention of her opponent, likely due to how late in the date Silgado actually signed on to face Choi. Second they have airbrushed Choi so much she's almost unrecognisable, which is, quite frankly, stupid. She's a very, very photogenic woman and they didn't need to touch up a photo of her. Really just a poor effort, and the latest in a long line of issues in relation to the December 18th show from Matchroom.
On December 18th we'll get a really interesting match up between unbeaten fighters as Ali Akhmedov and Carlos Gongora battle for the IBO Super Middleweight title, as the IBO attempt to make another run to becoming a relevant title. Whilst the bout is genuinely a brilliant one between a talented Kazakh and a talented Ecuadorian, the IBO title is a joke and the poster does very, very little to sell the bout. This is a basic and uninspired design that does little to sell what is an excellent fight.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.