On August 22nd we get the long awaited Hajjme No Ippo 30th Anniversary Tournament final, which was originally scheduled for May. The poster features not on a character from the Hajime No Ippo series, which the tournament was set up to celebrate, but also finalists Shingo Kusano and Daisuke Watanabe. It's a simple poster but an effective one and sells the fight, the tournament and the connection to one of the most popular fictional boxing properties. A very solid poster.
On March 14th we see another Dangan affiliated card, as they work with Flash Akabane for the 93rd show in the Overheat Boxers Night series. The poster has a rather classy and elegant look to it, with a simple looking poster, almost like that of a music festival or something, listing the undercard acts but focusing on the main event. This a simply design, but one that clearly works. Although not being anything original or bright we like this on.
On February 3rd we get the next Dangan card, which is an all 4-round card. The poster is a simple generic one, like all these 4 round card from Dangan. Despite being a generic poster it does it's job in listing the bouts on it, and keeps things simple. We're not a huge fan of this type of poster, but it does it's job and doesn't really have someone to sell the show on.
We've not had a lot of great posters so far this year but the one for the February 27th Dangan card, Dangan 234, is genuinely brilliant. It sells the show not on the fact it's part of a tournament, held to celebrate 30 years of Hajime No Ippo, but also the OPBF Welterweight title bout on the same show, and the under-card bouts, which feature Shuhei Tsuchiya and Tsuba Koura. A really good poster that fits a lot in and catches the eye. Excellent work.
On January 28th we'll get the conclusion of the exciting God's Left Bantamweight tournament, as Kazuki Nakajima and Seiya Tsutsumi clash in the final. As well as the mouth watering main event the under-card is solid and also features a WBO female Minimumweight title bout, between Etsuko Tada and Ayaka Miyao. The poster really gets it right in selling the tournament final as huge, but also featuring a splattering of the undercard talent. A real good effort.
Over the weekend we posted an image of a poster being used for Dangan 231 and Guts Fighting, and it was a design we really didn't think much of. This is an alternativeposter used for the show, featuring the two men in the main event, Hironori Mishiro and Yoshimitsu Kimura, as well as the fighters in the main support bout, Yudai Shigeoka and Lito Dante, as well as former world champion Ryoichi Taguchi, who will be having his retirement ceremony on this event.
We are used to posters being a bit all over there with some great designs, some awful designs, and a wide variety of things in between. However we believe this is the first time we've seen a poster for a fight look more like it was the cover of a guy porn magazine than a fight show. The bout is brilliant, the show is brilliant on paper, but the poster is dreadful and we can't see any logical reason why Hironori Mishiro and Yoshimitsu Kimura appear to be naked on this poster. A very, very odd idea, and one that seems to have over shadowed a great match up.
On November 19th we'll see a special Dangan card to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hajime No Ippo. The poster features the main character from the manga, Makunouchi Ippo, as well as images of the 6 fighters involved in the tournament bouts on the show. The poster looks more like a magazine cover than a boxing poster, but in reality we struggle to complain here, as the selling point is Ippo, we're just lucky that the the 3 tournament bouts we're getting are interesting in their own rights.
At the end of October we get another of the Dangan all 4 round shows. As with the other 3 the card isn't a particularly notable one, but is again a show that promises a lot of low level, low key exciting action. The poster lists the bouts and uses a a rather generic boxing image. It gives off a clear feeling of a boxing show without a star, and that's fine when it comes to a show like this.
On November 9th we see the wonderful God's Left Tournament resurface as we get the semi final bouts, on what is a genuinely stacked card. The show not only features the return of Tsubasa Koura, following his OPBF title loss earlier this year but also a Japanese title eliminator, between former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto and Takuya Watanabe, and both of the God's Left tournament semi-final bouts, pitting Seiya Tsutsumi and Kenya Yamashita in one of them and Jin Minamide against Kuzuki Nakajima in the other. The poster makes the show look big and it's a good poster, for a very good show.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.