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 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 3rd we get the next show in the Dangan series and a goodie, with Masataka Taniguchi battling against Hizuki Saso for the vacant Japanese Minimumweight and a brilliant female world title bout between Ayaka Miyao and Etsuko Tada, who fought to a draw earlier this year. Those two bouts sell the show, and are pretty much the selling factor in regards to the poster. As for the poster it's plain, it's simple, but it's effective and sells on the bouts people want to see. Basic but solid.
On August 12th 2013 fight fans at Korakuen Hall got a pretty interesting show. The main event saw Tadashi Yuba claim the Japanese Light Middleweight title, to become a 5-weight Japanese champion, whilst the under card saw an upset win for Arnel Tinampay and a match between Hiroaki Teshigawara and Kyosuke Sawada. The poster is a pretty simple design but the colour used make it feel really important. It's a mind blowing poster, but it's a really, really solid one. Well put together, and vert clean, well done to those involved.
On August 7th 2013 we had a Dangan card that had a tournament final for a B Class tournament. The poster is a pretty straight forward one, with the fighters who faced off against being above, or below, their opponent, but it worked well and made sense. Not our favourite type of design, but there is certainly a lot worse out there and we do like this for this type of poster for this sort of show.
On July 24th 2013 we got the 78th show in the "Dangan" series. This poster focused heavily on Masaki Serie, but also featured plenty of the supporting fighters on the show. It's not an amazing design, by any stretch, but it works damn well all things considered. It's simple, it works, and it pushes the biggest name on the show well. Decent without being amazing.
The Dangan series has long been one of the best in Japan, and has given us some of the best Japanese fighters in recent memory. They also have some of the most varied posters out there, and we genuinely think the poster used for Dangan 77 is one of the most under-stated. This is simple, but sells the show on it's 3 biggest fights, which included the unbeaten trio of Tatsuya Yanagi, Katsunori Nagamine and Masayuki Ito. A very simple, but effective poster here.
On November 21st in Japan we'll get a really interesting card under the Dangan and Over Heat Boxers Night series of shows. The main event will see Rikki Naito defending the OPBF Light Welterweight title against Yusuke Konno, with others on the card including Yoshimitsu Kimura, Shuma Nakazato, Suzumi Takayama, Hiroto Yashiro and Ryoichi Tamura. The poster is a packed one, almost too packed, but the card is full of quality bouts and action.
The end of October this year is packed with notable fights and fighters. Among the lower key Japanese domestic action is a Dangan show on October 30th featuring the likes of Shu Utsuki, Ryo Nakai, Mirai Naito and Sayo Segawa. These aren't big names, by any stretch, but are all young, emerging hopefuls who will see this show as a chance to build their reputations ahead of a potentially big 2021. The poster features plenty of fighters, it has a pretty cool background design and is one we genuine like!
In late June 2013 fight fans at Korakuen Hall saw former world champion Ryol Li Lee take on Shogo Ishikawa for the then vacant OPBF Featherweight title on a Dangan show. The poster really builds around their fight, and whilst it's not an awful poster we're not sure a fighter like Ishikawa had the fame and star power to be relied on like he has been here.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.