On January 27th we get the next show in the Dangan all 4 rounders series of shows, the first one of 2021. The poster for the show looks like a fairly decent one if we're being honest. Typically we're not fans of these generic looking posters used for the 4 rounder shows, but this one actually is one we like. It's a good photo for the background and the colour scheme is pretty good, though we do wonder about the orange on red in the middle of the poster.
On January 29th Yokohama Hikari will be putting on a small, but notable, show at Korakuen Hall featuring the likes of Naoto Mizutani, Shuri Hasebe and Joker Ryo. It's not a big card, but it is a fairly solid one and should provide plenty of action for fans in attendance. The poster for the show however is a bit of a strange one, with a lot of text on it and a rather peculiar 3 column design. We're not fans of the poster if we're being honest.
At the end off January we'll see Japanese fighter Sana Hazuki face off with IBF female Minmumweight champion Yokasta Valle over in Costa Rica. The bout, which was put together on relatively short notice, has a rather rushed looking poster with the two women off it and minimal real effort. To be fair we suspect Valle's team had been hoping for a much bigger bout before things out of their control forced multiple changes. As a result it appears the poster was just a touch half assed.
On January 9th fight fans in Korea will see a WBO Oriental Featherweight title bout as Nam Jun Lee and Jong Seon Kang clash in what should be an excellent all Korean war. The bout hasn't been advertised much, and will be fought without fans, but given the styles and mentalities of the two men involved they should put on a genuine show for those tuning in to the YouTube stream of the event.
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.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.