On August 9th 2013 fight fans in Japan saw the then Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake defending his title against Yukonori Hisanaga. The poster for the show sells hard on the main event with the under-card essentially packing up the bottom part of the card. It's rather funny that the two series of this show, "Golden Child Boxing", and "The Greatest Boxing", are so far apart on where they are on the poster, making it feel like two events in one.
On July 12th 2013 we had a show in Japan under the rather wordy name of "Mega Fight Vol 48 X Golden Child Boxing Vol 105", which was a joint promotion between Noguchi Promotions and Kaneko Promotions, who both wanted to have their show brand on the event. Despite the wordy name of the event the poster was a pretty unique design, with an almost album-esque look to it. We would have thought this in colour would have looked great, and it's a real shame we've only come across a black and white version.
Typically we're not fans of the posters used by Kaneko Boxing Gym for their "Golden Child Boxing" series, though this time around we don't mind what they've done for the 128 show in the series. This isn't great, but it's better than some of their other posters, which have been too sparse and too empty. It's nothing spectacular but it does make it clear that the show has 3 notable bouts on it, and a very good main event. It's an alright poster, but a lot better some some other in this series of shows.
Anyone who has followed this part of the site will know that we fucking hate Golden Child Boxing posters, and typically consider them some of the worst in the sport. This is another of their many terrible posters that are just...meh. The main bout here was Hidenori Otake's Japanese Super Bantamweight title defense against Nobuhisa Coronita Doi and whilst it does make Otake look like a they want him to be a star it really half asses it, it makes Doi look like a secondary thought and then tries to sell us Japanese Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto as an extra bonus. God damn what a mess of a poster. Just terrible.
One of the series that has consistency delivered poor posters are the Kaneko promoted "Golden Child Boxing" shows. That's seen quite clearly here, in their January 2013 show which just looks completely uninspired and dull. We'll admit they didn't have much to work with here, given the main event was a bout between Hideharu Takahashi and Nando Vailarin, but this is still a poor, poor poster.
On October 11 the Kaneko Gym put on their next show, headlined by a rematch between Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa and Koki Tyson, in a bout for the vacant OPBF Middleweight title. As well as the main event the card will also feature former world title challengers Shingo Wake and Shin Ono. Sadly the poster looks like the typical Golden Child Boxing poster, and it's a bare, naked and boring poster design that we've never liked. A poor effort.
On July 9th we'll see a potentially brilliant OPBF Middleweight title fight as the big punching pair of Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa and Koki Tyson face off. Sadly, given how amazing the match up is, the poster is really poor, and do little to really sell what an amazing fight this is. This is the same old, over-done Gold Child poster design, and we really hope Kaneko mix things up shortly, as this design was never an attractive one, and isn't getting any better with age.
On April 5th Japanese fight fans in Tokyo will get the next Golden Child Boxing card. It's not an amazing one, by any stretch of the imagination, but it does deserve better than the poster it's being given. Sadly poor posters do seem to be a regular thing when it comes to the Golden Child Boxing series of shows. and it's shown again here.
On September 26th fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see Yasuyuki Akiyama [秋山 泰幸] defending the WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF Middleweight titles against the hard hitting Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa [細川チャーリー忍]. Despite the match promising a lot, due to the styles of the two men, and the inclusion of the touted Daisuke Sugita on the card, the poster may well go down as the worst we've ever seen. It's simply dreadful, empty and uninspiring. Really poor effort from those behind the card.
On June 21st fight fans at the Korakuen Hall get the next Kaneko promoted card, headlined by a bout between Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa and Hisao Narita. As with many Kaneko posters it's a bit of a basic straight forward one, with no real inspiration in it's design.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.