On February 11th we'll see a brilliant Japanese Featherweight title showdown as defending champion Ryo Sagawa takes on mandatory challenger Hinata Maruta. The poster for the bout is a relatively basic one, with the fight being allowed to sell it's self. The two men are there, with their names and the title. Nothing amazing, but still eye catching enough. The poster also features inside pictures of Ryu Horikawa and Yudai Shigeoka, who will be on the under-card. A simple but effective poster.
On December 10th we'll see the next Diamond Glove show, headlined by Japanese Light Welterweight champion Daishi Nagata defending his title against Akihiro Kondo. The poster also features Rentaro Kimura and Nanako Suzuki in little inset images. It's a simple poster, but a sharp looking one, with a lovely background behind the main event fighters. It's simple but very nice on the eye.
On December 10th we get the next Diamond Glove show, and it's a pretty packed one. At the time of writing we haven't stumbled on the main poster for the show, but we have stumbled on featuring Nanako Suzuki, who faces Megumi Hosoda. The poster has a lot of text on it, but a very nice looking colour scheme, and although Suzuki isn't a big name she is sure made to look one here. A very artistic and nice looking poster, even if it's not going to make many people rush to see the show.
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 June 10th 2013 Japanese fight fans at Korakuen Hall had an OPBF title double header with the Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight titles on the show. The show featured the likes of Shingo Wake and Eita Kikuchi, Hiroki Shiino, Dennis Tubieron and Tadashi Yuba, among others. The card was a good one, and the poster was a very solid one, with a golden colour, for what was a show that had plenty of gold on the line. A real solid poster with a premium look.
On April 8th 2013 we got Dangan 70, which was also a Diamond Glove card. The poster design is a packed one, but there was a lot of quality on the show such as Hisashi Amagasa, Keita Obara and Masayuki Ito. It was a busy and packed poster, but it worked well for the show at hand and sold the fact the card was a double Japanese title show.
On October 8th we'll see Hiroaki Teshigawara take to the ring to defend his OPBF Super Bantamweight title, as he take on Shingo Kawamura on a Diamond Glove card. Whilst the match up isn't the best, given Kawamura's form, the poster is a delight, with great design and positioning, and a real feeling that this is a premium card, even if it's only for an OPBF title. They have managed to make the title seem big and the fighters seem big. A well made effort here by those involved.
On September 3rd we'll see unbeaten triple crown champion Shuichiro Yoshino defending his JBC, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight titles against Valentine Hosokawa. The bout is part of the Diamond Glove series of shows and the poster is actually a really clear and eye catching one. In this case it seems like Misako are keeping with single colour scheme, with their August show having a very green theme and this on having a very red one. It's an amazing design but it is a very clean design, and we do, genuine, like it. It makes the bout feel huge and that is always a good thing!
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.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.