On August 2nd the Kawasaki Nitta Gym will put on their next show under the "Hopeful Fight" banner, with the headline bout being a defense of the Japanese Super Bantamweight title by the all action Gakuya Furuhashi, as he takes on Seigo Hanamori. The poster sells the show hard on that fight, but sadly looks like a generally second rate poster. We really aren't fans of the design, which appears to be text heavy and does little to sell the show, even with Furuhashi proudly displaying the national title.
This coming weekend we'll see former Ukrainian amateur sensation Vasyl Lomachenko battle against Japan's tall and lanky Masayoshi Nakatani in an incredibly interesting match up. Sadly for a match up this interesting it feels like Top Rank have really half arsed their promotional image. The poster is as average as you can get, featuring the fighters, the venue, and the broadcast details. A really under-whelming poster for what should be a very interesting match up.
On July 17th we get two cards from the Fujimori Gym, in Hachioji. One of those is an excellent card, headlined by a Japanese Youth title bout, whilst the other is this one, an East Japan Rookie of the Year show with 7 bouts from a preliminary round of the tournament. The poster is one of the most interesting for a Rookie of the Year card, with a lot going on, a lot of figthters on it, and in many ways it almost looks like a Japanese video game box from the 1990's. For a Rookie of the Year card this is different, and we like it.
On July 17th the Fujimori Gym in Hachioji will be hosting two different shows. One of those is "Fighting Spirit Series .42", which will be headlined by a sensational match up between Jin Sasaki and Kaiki Yuba, with Sasaki defending his JBC Youth title at 140lbs against Yuba. The poster really does a good job in making the event look busy and pushing the excellent main event as being something special. This won't be a show that gets much international attention, but it's a huge event for fans in Hachioji, and the main event should genuinely be something a little bit special.
On July 26th we see Dangan 242, a show that has been rescheduled from May due to the on going issues with Covid19 in Japan. The headline bout here is a Japanese Bantamweight title bout, which will see Kyosuke Sawada clash with Ikuro Sadatsune for the vacant title. The poster really sells the show on that main event, and has a good background. It's not a spectacular poster, by any measure, but it's pretty solid for what is a really decent domestic title bout.
On July 8th we get the next show in the Phoenix Battle series of shows, from Hideyuki Ohashi and his Ohashi gym. The event isn't one of the biggest shows in the series' long history, but it is an excellent one, headlined by a brilliant Japanese Youth title fight, between Ryutaro Nakagaki and Ayumu Hanada, and also featuring the the likes of Tsyuoshi Tameda and Katsuki Mori. The poster really is beat around Nakagaki, and the design is clearly based on making him look like a star. It's a simple design, similar to the usual Phoenix Battle ones, but credit goes to them for making Nakagaki look this much of a star, this early in his career.
On July 3rd we'll get the next Dynamic Glove show, which has been given the name "Approve", a very, very odd name. Although the card has one of the strangest it does have a brilliant main event as Masayuki Ito takes on Valentine Hosokawa. The two men have their faces on the poster, and it seems clear this is a major bout with worth promoting the entire event around. Sadly the lack of under-card details and the bizarre show name take away from what could have been a very good poster. Get rid of the text, sells this as just a Dynamic Glove show and this would have been a better poster, at least in our eyes.
On July 18th fight fans in Aichi get a show under the "Forever Challenge" banner, and it's one with some solid Japanese names on it, including Ryosuke Maruki and Kohei Oba. The poster looks very old school, a little like it's been made on the cheap, but we genuinely like it. To us this is a throw back poster, and we like it!
Later this month we get a Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight title fight between Tom Mizokoshi and Haruki Ishikawa. The bout was, originally, supposed to be the co-feature of the Midori promoter Green Dream Vol 15. Sadly the planned main event for the show had to be cancelled, leading to the Youth title bout becoming the new main event. As a result Midori have released this revised poster, really selling the new main event of the show. It's a simple change but an effective one.
On August 4th we get the next show from Hideki Todaka, under his "The Greatest Boxing" banner. The show is certainly not a special show, by any stretch, but as is typical with the shows under this banner, the match ups look like they should be good and the poster does it's best to show the fights that are on it. A decent, if somewhat over busy, effort here.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.