On July 29th 2013 Japanese promoter Ichiriki held one of their "Fighting Bee" shows, and on paper this was a really interesting one, especially looking back. It had the debut of talented pairing Hikaru Marugame and Kenta Onjo, both of whom were eyed for big things, and the second professional bout of Reiya Abe, which he lost. Sadly though the poster was vert all over the place and not one we like. Just a bit of a mess if we're being honest.
On March 15th 2013 we got Fighting Bee Vol 4, which also served as the 2nd Annual Fil-Japan Boxing Festival. Whilst the card it's self was an interesting one, we can't help but feel the poster was a bit uninspired and dull. The images of the 4 main fighters are rather dull and the background just doesn't do it for us at all. A really forgetable poster.
The next "Fighting Bee" card takes place on December 12th and features a variety of notable fighters, with the headline bout being one involving Akihiro Kondo. The poster is a busy one but a stylish one with a lot going on but a clear layout rather than than a messy one. It's one we like the look of and although it's clearly not one of the greatest posters ever we dogenuinely like it!
Next week is a very busy one of for Japanese fight fans with 5 title bouts. The first of those sees Akihiro Kondo trading blows with Filipino Jeffrey Arienza for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight title. It will be the first WBO Asia Pacific title fight on Japanese soil and is the headline bout of a card hosted at the Korakuen Hall. The under-card isn't the strongest but it features diamond in the rough Kosuke Saka battling against veteran Takafumi Nakajima in a good looking support bout.
This coming Monday fans in the Korakuen Hall will get the chances to see a really interesting looking card with two female world title bouts, both of which appear to be competitive matches, and undercard that looks potentially captivating. The card might not be a huge one but it should be a fun one and we'd be very surprised if anyone complained about it. As for the poster it's broken in to two bits, the under-card, at the bottom of the poster, and the co-main events, at the top. It's a very simple design but it's also a very effective one.
On March 17th Ichiriki boxing put on their next show, the 16th show under the "Fighting Bee" banner. The card is one of the best Japanese domestic cards of the year so far and has a number of really good looking bouts on it. The poster features images of almost all the fighters in action, including Akihiro Kondo, Hikaru Marugame and Naoto Uebayashi and although it's a busy poster it does serve the show well.
On November 16th we see the next of the Fighting Bee shows, which features the likes of Akihiro Kondo and Takafumi Nakajima, who faces Dennis Tubieron. The card isn't a major one but it is a solid domestic type card with a good poster that, as with the other fighting bee shows, features the little fighting bee and the same colour scheme that we're used to seeing, continuing to establish the brand of shows. It is a busy poster but certainly not a terrible one.
This coming Monday sees some really interesting action at the Korakuen Hall. The show, which features the likes of Naoko Fujioka, Hikaru Marugame and Jonathan Baat, promises a lot of excitement and is likely to be a really great show.
The poster features the fighters involved in the top two bouts as well as the details involved in the show. It's a sharp poster and an interesting one which knows it's draws.
The next "Fighting Bee" show takes place this coming Monday. The poster looks rather different to some of the more recent Fighting Bee shows but it actually looks really exciting with the 3 "big" names all taking centre stage.
Whilst the quality of the image we have isn't great we do really like this one, despite the busy background.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Whilst many of the more notable shows in Japan are world title shows we have become very fond of the "Fight Bee" series of shows which tend to show case some very interesting fighters with a nice combination of veterans and prospects. The next Fighting Bee comes on April 22nd when we again see the mixture of veterans, such as Akihiro Kondo and Ricky Sismundo, who fight each other in a great looking match up, as well as prospects like Hikaru Marugame and Naoto Uebayashi, who is in involved in a brilliant looking bout with Giovanni Escaner of the Philippines.
The poster is similar to the other Fighting Bee posters so fits in in the branding that the promoter is going for and is also a very simply but effective poster which shows a lot of the fighters on the card as well as the match ups on offer. It's clear, effective and a solid all round poster even if it's not the best out there. We like this one.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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