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.
On April 12th 2013 fight fans in Tokyo had the 47th show in the "Mega Fight" series. The poster is a simple design, in regards to the fighters, and sells the show hard on Kazuhiko Hidaka. One thing we do really like here is the background, which looks different and somewhat unique. It's not amazing, but it's much more eye catching than some of the posters we've seen.
On November 11th Japanese fight fans get an interesting card with a trio of title bouts. They will include Masayuki Kuroda defending his Japanese title, Takeshi Inoue looking to claim the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight titles, as he takes on Ratchasi Sithsaithong, and a regional female title bout between former world champions Naoko Shibata and Etsuko Tada. The card might not be an earth shattering one, but it is certainly set to be a very good one for fans, and it does have a powr which sells the card pretty well, show casing the most notable fighters and having a small bout list.
This coming Friday sees a lot of action, in Asia the most interesting card is "Mega Fight 56", which features the promising pair of Takeshi Inoue and Kazuto Takesako. The poster is a busy one with a lot of fighter images in the background and a lot of details on the bottom of the card. It's a busy poster but it's a suitable poster for the show in questuon.
On November 13th Japanese fans get the chance to see another female world title fight as IBF female Light Flyweight champion Naoko Shibata defends her title. The show doesn't just have the female title bout but will also feature the touted Takeshi Inoue who looks to continue his rise through the ranks.
The poster for the show is a busy one with a lot of fighters and the shows dual-name, however it is an exciting one with the two main fighters being the clear focus of of the promotional image.
On July 30th we'll see the next "Mega Fight" card, which looks to be an interesting card with several notable fighters, including Akinori Watanabe, Hisao Narita and Takeshi Inoue.
The poster features many of the fighters involved on it, as well as the match ups, the date, time and venue of the show. It's not the most amazing but it is a rather exciting looking one with Watanabe staring down the viewer.
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This coming Thursday will be highlighted by the NTV televised World Boxing Premium card featuring Shinsuke Yamanaka, that however isn't the only Japanese card of the day as we also get this "Mega Fight 53" card featuring a very interesting match up between the heavy handed Akinori Watanabe and the criminally under-rated Arnel Tinampay.
The card is much weaker than the world title one though it does look like it's set to be well worth the admission fee and will feature at least a couple of bouts of interest. Notably however we do prefer this poster to the one for the other show and at least this one makes it clear it's a boxing show and gives attention to a number of fighters on the show.
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Some show names are misleading and Mega Fight 52 is certainly one of them. That's not to say the show isn't going to be interesting but it's certainly not a show with anything we could describe as a "mega fight". Saying that however we need to confess that the poster is genuinely one we like with very high quality, sharp images, the details that we expect and images of the fighters, alongside their names.
We'll confess that the show, and therefore the poster, doesn't have a big name fighter on it however we do like it, a lot and want to say well done to Noguchi promotion for this one! Well done folks!
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Some promotional promoters are genuinely great and the poster for The Kanmuriwashi Fight Vol 49/Mega Fight Vol 51 is one such poster which we liked from the first moment that we saw it. The poster features a trio of notable Japanese fighters, Shingo Eto, Taiki Eto and Akinori Watanabe and although none of the trio are in big fights the poster it's self is very eye catching.
The poster is simply but it's very effective and we think it's a really successful idea done without being overly complicated. Very good poster if you ask us.
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This coming Friday features just one show in Japan, "Mega Fight 50", and although it's not a big one it is an interesting looking one with 8 lower level domestic clashes. Of course it's not a show that will have fans around the globe talking about it but it's the sort of card that is key to the Japanese boxing scene allowing some notable youngsters some ring time and allowing fans at the Korakuen Hall a chance to watch yet more boxing.
For us the key attraction here is rising teenager Ryuto Oho who battles the once beaten Jo Tanooka in an intriguing 6 rounder that should shoot the winner up the domestic rankings at 115lbs. Despite that being the bout that interests us the most the main event is actually an 8 rounder between Ryuji Yokoyama and Koya Sato another bout between excellently matched fighters. Interesting at the time of writing Yokoyama is ranked #140 worldwide by Boxrec.com at Flyweight whilst Sato is ranked at #141 with them men having 18 and 17 ranking points!
As for the poster it doesn't look as professional as we'd have hoped. The idea is something that we do like but from what we can see it appears the pictures used have been relatively low res. Whilst we are aware that we're using a photograph of this poster we're not a fan of the PDF of the poster as seen on Noguchi gym's own website.
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Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.