Japanese posters were the life blood of this area of the site for the last few years, but sadly there's not been many of them in the "no-fan era" of boxing. Thankfully fans will be back in Japan on a more regular basis this coming month, and we expect a lot more posters as a result. They include this green themed Diamond Glove poster for this month's Diamond Glove show. The poster sells the show on the main event, and looks clean and crisp. It might not an original idea or anything, but it makes Ryo Sagawa and Yuri Takemoto look like stars. A solid, if basic, effort.
On February 13th we get the next Diamond Glove card, and it's a biggy with a Japanese Lightweight title being defended in the main event and the return of a former world champion. The poster sells the show heavily on the Japanese defense by Shuichiro Yoshino, who defends his title against Izuki Tomioka in a mandatory defense of the title, whilst also selling the show on the return of former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa, who comes back after a lengthy suspension to take on Filipino foe Jason Buenaobra. The poster is clear, it sells the show on those two bouts and despite not doing anything special it works. A solid poster than knows what it's selling, and how.
On December 12th we get a brilliant double header under the Diamond Glove banner, with an OPBF title fighter between Hiroaki Teshigawara and Shohei Kawashima and a Japanese title fight between Ryo Segawa and Ryo Hino. The poster for the show sells those two bouts really well and makes the event look bigger than it is. Nothing too original, but it does look sharp and makes you take note. A good, strong, poster.
We get the next Diamond Glove card on October 10th, and it's a brilliant double header. The card will be headlined by Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino takes on Filipino fighter Harmonito Dela Torre, for the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight titles and have a supporting bout between Japanese Light Flyweight champion Kenichi Horikawa and title challenger Yuto Takahashi. The poster sells those two bouts and looks sharp. A solid effort, for a really decent card.
On June 13th fight fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see Keita Obara return to a Japanese ring, following a loss in a world title eliminator, and will also see a Japanese Minimumweight title fight between Norihito Tanaka and Naoya Haruguchi. The poster for the card is pretty weird one in some ways. Obara's bout, which is technically the main event, is a mismatch but gets clear top billing, whilst the interesting title bout seems to play second fiddle. It's not awful, but one we don't really like. A very odd 2 part design that doesn't really work for us.
On April 11th we'll see Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino defending his belt against Accel Sumiyoshi. The poster for the bout is an incredibly simple one, but it has all the details on it, looks charp, and makes it clear this main event is something big. It's a simple but very good poster.
On February 14th Japanese fight fans in Tokyo will get a really interesting title double header. The main bout will see Hiroaki Teshigawara defending his OPBF Super Bantamweight title against Yuki Iriguchi whilst the co-main event bout will see Kenichi Horikawa and Satoru Todaka battle for the vacant Japanese Light Flyweight title. The poster does well in selling both of these these bouts, and although it's nothing spectacular it is a solid poster. For fans unable to make their way to Tokyo this card will partially televised on delay on Fuji TV.
On December 13th we'll see Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino defending his title against Kazumasa Kobayashi. The poster for the bout is a pretty good looking one, selling the bout hard, despite the fact it appears to be a total mismatch. The poster does a great job and we like this one, a lot more than we actually like the match up.
On October 11th we get a really interesting card under the Diamond Glove banner, headlined by an OPBF double header. One bout will see Daishi Nagata challenge Rikki Naito or the OPBF 140lbs title whilst the other will see Hiroaki Teshigawara take on Glenn Suminguit for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title. The poster does well in selling the double header the men involved, though does look just a tad disjointed. We do like it, but feel like including Suminguit would have helped.
On August 9th fight fans in Tokyo will get a notable Diamond Glove card, with a pair of title fights. One of those bouts with see Taiki Minamoto make his first defense of the Japanese Featherweight title, at he takes on Tatsuya Otsubo, whilst the other will be a rematch for the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title between Alvin Lagumbay and Keita Obara, who fought earlier this and had their bout conclude with a bizarre double knockdown that Obara was unable to recover from. The poster for the card sells the show hard on those two bouts and it looks like an interesting poster, with out doing too much.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.