As we write this in early October 2020 the last Japanese man to fight for a world title was Norihito Tanaka, who lost to Knockout CP Freshmart in Thailand. He returns to a Japanese ring on November 25th in the headline bout of Genkotsu 8! The poster for this, as it usually the case with Genkotsu shows, is a bit of a crowded mess, but there is stuff to like. It's clear when and where this show will be, the backgrounds has a pretty cool look to it, and it does make Tanaka look like the most important fighter on the show. It's not a great poster, but there is certainly worse out there.
On August 9th we'll see fans attending an event in Tokyo at the Arena Tachikawa. It's not the biggest of shows but is a fairly interesting card, headlined by Japanese ranked fighter Hizuki Saso. In total there are 6 bouts on this card, and although it's a low level action, at least for the most part, it should be great to see fans back at shows in the Japanese capital.
On March 15th we get the next show in the Genkotsu series of cards. The poster keeps the same style as previous ones from the series, which is simple, yet relatively eye catching. Nothing out and out amazing, but certainly nothing offensive here. Simple but it works.
On November 22nd we get the next of the Genkotsu cards. The show isn't massive, but is a solid looking card featuring the likes of Kosuke Arioka, who takes on Valentine Hosokawa, and Hizuki Saso. Although the poster a little disorganised we don't actually mind this and there is clearly a coherent look to it. Not one of our favourites, but we have certainly seen much worse.
On July 26th we get the next Genkotsu card. It's not a great one but it's got a few interesting fighters involved on it, including Daishi Nagata and a good bout between Hirohisa Ichikawa and Hizuki Saso. The poster however does look interesting, showing off the fighters, the fights, the when, where and who. It's a very functional poster if we're being honest.
On October 22nd fight fans at the Korakuen Hall get a pretty interesting looking Japanese domestic card. The card isn't packed with big names, but does feature some interesting match ups such as Naoki Mochizuki against Seiya Fujikita and Ikuro Sadatsune facing off with Isao Aoyama. The poster is a busy one, but it's one we quite like the look of with a lot of fighters on it, but yet a look that's too busy. A solid effort overall.
On May 31st fight fans in Tokyo will see the next card from Misako Gym. The card isn't a big one by any stretch, but should give fans some interesting match ups, such as a contest between Hayato Ono and Noriaki Sato and Hizuki Saso's bout with Jeffrey Galero. The poster is pretty eye catching one, despite being very simple, with the star in the middle really standing out. It has plenty of details as well. A solid poster from those involved in this one.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.