On August 2nd the Kawasaki Nitta Gym will put on their next show under the "Hopeful Fight" banner, with the headline bout being a defense of the Japanese Super Bantamweight title by the all action Gakuya Furuhashi, as he takes on Seigo Hanamori. The poster sells the show hard on that fight, but sadly looks like a generally second rate poster. We really aren't fans of the design, which appears to be text heavy and does little to sell the show, even with Furuhashi proudly displaying the national title.
On April 1st we get a joint promoted show from Korakuen Hall, under both the The Greatest Boxing series and the Hopeful Fight series of events. The poster, tries to merge the two designs and although not a perfect fit or design it's certainly a solid overall effort, albeit, perhaps a bit too busy for us. We like a lot of those, though feel there is too much text and the background is a bit too crowded. Still a nice effort, and we've certainly seen a lot worse.
On November 23rd fight fans in Tokyo will get the latest in the Hopeful Fight series. The poster is build around Kimika Miyoshi, who is in the headlined bout but features others from the Kawasaki Nitta Gym. It's not a great poster, but we dare say it serves the show better than it should, given the show it's self isn't a great one. Not an amazing poster, by any stretch, but they didn't have the greatest of bouts to work up here.
Way back on February 27th 2013 Masayuki Kuroda took part in his first world title bout, challenging the then WBA Flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco. The poster for the card tried to make Kuroda look like a huge star and carry the show, and although he did come up short we can't fault those behind the poster here. A pretty solid effort if we're being honest! For those wondering the promoter, Kawasaki Nitta, put this show under their usual "Hopeful Fight" banner, and it was also televised on Sky A +, which sadly no longer shows boxing, and hasn't done for a few years now.
Earlier this month we spoke about the original poster for Hopeful Fight Vol 33 and we didn't think it was great. Thankfully the team have put out a second poster for it, which looks a lot more coherent. This still isn't a great poster but it does push Masayuki Kuroda as the star of the show. Better than the original poster, but still not great.
On March 30th we'll see Masayuki Kuroda return to the ring in the headline bout of the next Hopeful Fight. Sadly the poster doesn't do it for us, at all. It looks like a mess and it's parts really don't work well together. It's not "terrible" but it's certainly not very coherent and we're not fans at all.
On December 7th in Kanagawa we get the next "Hopeful Fight" show from Nitta Gym. It's certainly not a huge card but does feature some notable fighters, including Japanese Female Featherweight champion Kimika Miyoshi, as well as domestic Lightweight hopeful Yui Oikawa. The poster is a rather packed on but does sell the main event and the connection the gym has with Vietnam, something that's notable here with several Vietnamese fighters on the show.
On August 9th we get the next Nitta Gym promoted Hopeful Fight card. Sadly the poster for the show is a bit of a mess, with the promoters trying to fit too much on it. The show isn't a big profile one, so we understand trying to fit lots of fighters on it, but it just looks messy and overly complicated, sadly.
On May 13th Masayuki Kuroda takes on IBF Flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane in a mouth watering match up. We like this poster a lot, though feel their way of fitting Mthalane in was awful. If you remove the image of Mthlane this would look really awesome, but instead it seems like they added him at the last moment. Still good, but a bit disappointing looking at what they had tried to do.
On November 7th Japanese fight fans will get the chance to see the next Hopeful Fight show, which will be headlined by a Japanese Middleweight title eliminator, as former champion Hikaru Nishida takes on 2017 Middleweight Rookie of the Year Shuji Kato. The poster feature both men in key positions, as well as touted prospect Takuma Takahashi, who is in the bottom right corner. It's not a great poster looking at it, with far too much text, but it does try selling hard on the main event which is always a good thing.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.