We get the next Dangan 4 round show on October 3rd, and this is a little bit different to the usual 4 round shows, with bonuses put up for extra prize money, for fighters who score knockouts. It's a simple concept, but these shows tend to provide some of the best action, and great value for money for fans. The poster explains all that, albeit most in Japanese, and has a list of all the bouts on the show, along with a rather generic action picture. It's a simple poster, with a lot of information on it, but also a poster that sells the event, rather than any specific fighter, or fight.
June 23rd we get the next show in the Dangan Series, with Dangan 251. The show is set to be headline by 7 Japanese Bantamweight champion Kyosuke Swada defending his title against the under-rated, and unbeaten, Seiya Tsutsumi in a mouth watering clash which should be a very, very high level contest. Also set for the card are the unbeaten Shori Umezu, former Japanese title challenger Seigo Hanamori and former world title challenger Shingo Wake. The poster sells the show on the main event, and keeps things clean and simple. A nice, yet very basic, design.
On June 10th we get the third volume in the Dangan all 4 rounder series for 2022. The poster for the show, like many in this series, uses a simple action photo for the image on the poster. The design is nothing amazing, but it's a design that works and promotes the show on the back of what it is, rather than who is involved. A decent poster for a low level show.
On May 15th we see the Dangan series reach a milestone as we get the 250th show in the long running series of events and to hit this milestone, Yukio Sebata has given us something a little bit special. The poster is headlined by a clash between Hinata Maruta and Reiya Abe, who face off for the Japanese and WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight titles, with a support bout between Masanori Rikiishi and Takuya Watanabe, for the OPBF Super Featherweight title, and an OPBF female Minimumweight title bout between Mizuki Chimoto and Kaori Nagai. A truly mouth watering card. The poster does a great job at selling the show on those 3 bouts, and the poster might be a rather simple design, but it really works, even with so much text on it. A really good poster that makes it clear that we have 3 really good bouts set for it.
On May 9th fight fans in Japan will get a mouth watering Dangan card, headlined by the return of former WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura, as he takes on Ryu Horikawa. The poster features both men, as well as under-card fighters, but it's clearly Kimura who is the selling point of the whole show and he is, rightfully, given the majority of the poster. Nothing too amazing here, but it's a poster that makes sense and does the job to promote a really solid domestic show.
On March 2nd fight fans at Korakuen Hall will will get the next show from Dangan and Watanabe Gym. Sadly the card lost one of it's main bouts in the build up to the event, and as a result has a rather low key main event. Sadly with the low quality main event the poster hasn't got a very appealing bout to and just looks a bit bland without a major fight to promote.
December 14th is set to be a big day for Japanese boxing with two notable cards taking place on the same day. One of those cards is a regional title double header, with OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito defending his title against Koichi Aso and a bout between Kosuke Saka and Yoshimitsu Kimura for the vacant OPBF Super Featherweight title. The poster promotes those two bouts really well in a solid, if somewhat basic, poster. The poster is designed to promote the main bouts and it does exactly that.
On December 2nd Japanese fight fans at Korakuen Hall are in for a treat as headlined by an excellent match up between Hironori Mishiro and Kazuhiro Nishitani and supported by a potentially thrilling clash between Taiki Minamoto and Shingo Kusano. The poster really promotes the show on the main event, and it's clear that those behind the poster know they have a great bout which sells it's self. Sadly this style of poster for Dangan shows is feeling a bit over done, and we would like to see them mix things up again in the future.
On November 27th Dangan put on one of their best looking cards of 2021, as Japanese Featherweight champion Hinata Maruta defends against Ryo Hino and we get a brilliant eliminator, to face the winner of the title bout, as Reiya Abe and Daisuke Watanabe face off, for the second time. The poster promotes those two bouts, and whilst it's certainly not original or mind blowing, it sells the event on what it has, and it sells it well. A solid poster, that does exactly what it's supposed to.
On November 2nd we get the next show under the Dangan All 4 Rounders series of events. The events always always have generic posters, and this is no different, though we do genuinely like this shot and think it makes for a solid poster for what tend to be very entertaining cards, though ones which lack big names.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.