In May Dangan will be holding 3 shows in Sumida over a weekend. The second of those shows, the first of two shows on Sunday May 23rd, will be headlined by a clash of Japanese Youth Champions, as Jin Sasaki and Kaiki Yuba clash in a mouth watering treat. The poster for the card is a simple design, but a smart one, selling the entire show on that bout, and making it clear these two men are of equal standing in the sport. A simple but very effective poster.
On April 27th we'll see the next show in the A Sign Bee series of shows. The card, if we're being totally honest, is not a big one. In fact it's certainly among the weaker A Sign Bee shows. It does however have something going for it, and that's a damn good poster! This looks like some of the older posters produced for some of TV Tokyo shows, where we'd get multiple major bouts. It's simple but striking and a design that we genuinely love. A brilliant use of darkness, and striking overall look to it. Well done to the team behind this one.
On December 6th we get another A-Sign Bee show from Japan. This is a small, low profile card without much in terms of name value, but the poster it's self is a pretty interesting one. It's an amazing one, but it seems very much like the idea is to get your attention by it's simplicity and black and white nature. Not a great poster by any means, but one that will get the show some interest and attention.
In December we get another show in the A Sign Bee series of shows, with this one being headlined by the hard hitting Zirolian Riku, who is the focus of the poster. The rest of the poster is somewhat eye catching, with the storm behind Riku, but also a little bit dull, and it feels like they've wanted to go in several different directions and made compromises in the poster as a result. We're not really sure...if feels like an okayish poster to us, but nothing better than that, sadly.
On October 13th we'll get the next show in the A-Sign Bee series and it's a genuinely solid Japanese domestic card. The main event is a mouth watering clash between Reiya Abe and Ren Sasaki whilst supporting bouts include a contest between Kai Chiba and Haruki Ishikawa. The poster is a busy one but it's one that works, showing off a lot of the talent on the show, how to watch it and when to watch. It's a genuinely solid poster, and one we do genuinely like!
On March 11th at Korakuen Hall we get the 26th show under the A Sign Bee banner. The card, which will be headlined by Akihiro Kondo battling Nelson Tinampay, isn't the best of the A Sign Bee shows, but is a solid show featuring a very, very packed poster. There's a lot going on there, but yet the design keeps a solid overall look. Busy but good.
Earlier today the poster for the next A sign Bee show was revealed confirming the November 15th show that had previously had it's main event reported. The poster is a busy one, featuring the likes of Keita Kurihara and Akihiro Kondo, but yet looks quite interesting and really makes Kurihara look like a star. This is simple, busy, but it works.
On September 13th we're in for a treat as we get the next A Sign Bee show, and it is a brilliant one on paper. The poster features Masayuki Ito, who returns for the first time since losing the WBO Super Featherweight and Reiya Abe and Ryo Sagawa, who battle for the Japanese Featherweight title. The card could have sold on just those 3 men, but instead it's a stacked show with so much more on the card, including a Japanese youth title fight, between Rikito Shiba and Shisui Kawabata, and a Japanese title eliminator between Ryoichi Tamura and Gakuya Furuhashi. This is a stacked card and one of the few with a really eye catching poster. Good stuff by all involved!
On July 12th we get the next A-Sign Bee show, and it's set to be a great one with two already confirmed big bouts. The first of those to be an announced was a match up between the unbeaten Andy Hiraoka and the experienced Akihiro Kondo whilst a female bout between Naoko Fujioka and Tenkai Tsunami, for the WBA female Flyweight title held by Fujioka. This is one of the best bouts that can be made in female boxing, and pits two of the earliest notable Japanese female fighters against each other, in what should a fantastic bout on a great show.
In May we have some brilliant Japanese shows, one of the best domestic ones comes on May 10th, in a card headlined by an OPBF Bantamweight title bout, between Keita Kurihara and Warlito Parrenas, backed by a Japanese Light Middleweight title bout, between Nobuyuki Shindo and Hironobu Matsunaga, as well as supporting bouts like Matcha Nakagawa Vs Kai Chiba and Masaki Saito Vs Ryuto Araya. The poster tries to fit everything on but given just how stacked the card is that was always going to be a struggle. Still a solid poster for an amazing show!
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.