On July 12th we get a Danagn 4 round show. While these shows don't get much attention they do tend to be very enjoyable shows. As with all these 4 rounder shows the poster is very generic and yet we like the image used. One thing we don't like is that the "D" and "A" in Dangan merges in with the red glove to our colour blind eyes. It's a minor complaint but something that perhaps needs to be thought about in the future.
On July 14th we'll get a co-promoted Watanabe Gym and Dangan show headlined by Ginjiro Shigeoka defending his WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title against Toshiki Kawamitsu. The poster makes it clear that that bout is going to be something special, and it's that bout they selling the show around. Big time. In fact the result of the poster features only a tiny portion for the under-card and supporting match ups. This is a good design, it makes the main fighters look like huge stars and it's a very solid poster, even if it's not the most artistic or unique. They've used what they have and they've used it well.
The Dangan event schedule has been really ripped up over the past year of so with shows being cancelled, the pandemic and injuries. Despite the issues Dangan are still plugging away on on June 21st we get Dangan 240, headlined by Super Flyweight triple crown winner Ryoji Fukunaga defending his titles against fellow Japanese fighter Takahiro Fujii. The poster really pushes the main event, and ignores almost everything else on the show. It makes the main bout look great, though we do wonder if there is need for quite as much text as we're getting here.
The last 12 months or so have been a frustrating one for the Dangan team, who have had numerous shows cancelled due to the on going pandemic. Despite that they are battling through it, and will put on their next show on June 6th when they partner up with the Watanabe gym for a title triple header. All the fighters on the card are clearly seen in the poster, and whilst it's certainly nothing original or artistically amazing, it does a good job and showing exactly what fans will be getting. A solid overall, yet simple, poster.
To end a 3 show mega event in May Dangan will put on Dangan 241, a triple title show, featuring some mouth watering bouts and some of the best young talent in Japan. The poster features all 6 fighters involved in the title bouts, and it has the feeling of being something of a domestic super show. The branding is strong, the imagery is clear and the over-all design works really well. We like this, a lot. Interestingly all 3 posters for the weekend are similar in design, and that really adds some coherence to the weekend, and a strong image to the three shows. Well done to everyone involved in the 3 shows.
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 May 22nd and May 23rd Dangan are set to put on 3 shows in Sumida. The first of those is on the Saturday and is a joint promotion between Dangan and Kadoebi, dubbed Dangan 239 & Slugfest. The poster for the show is a simple yet busy one, with the 6 fighters involved in the shows 3 title fights taking center stage on the poster. It's nothing new or original but it's a poster that sells the show, and that is never a bad thing. Simple but very effective here.
Earlier today saw the announcement of an April 28thh card set to take place in Japan as a joint promotion between Kadoebi, and their Slugfest banner, and Dangan. Although the full show wasn't announced the main event was, and a poster image was also released. The main event will see former IBF world champion Yukinori Oguni take on Shingo Wake, a in a rematch of a 2013 bout between the two men. The really sells on the two fighters in a basic, but striking and clear design. Nothing too amazing from an artistic point of view, but this just works. It's very simple, but very effective.
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.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.