Boxing in Japan won't begin again until mid July, with July 12th being the first show. Less than a week later we will be having the third show in the country with a card promoted by the Hiranaka Boxing School. The event, under their "Mugen" series. The poster for the show is a busy one, with a lot of faces on it, but also a poster that continuing with the typical Mugen design. Nothing amazing here, but nothing to really complain about either.
On December 8th we get the next show from the Hiranaka Boxing school, and it's looking like a packed one. It features the likes of Tatsuro Nakashima and Marcus Smith and the poster looks really exciting, with more than just boxing. In fact it looks like what it's selling, a festival, with the boxing being just a part of that festival. This is a fun poster, and one we rather like!
On August 4th we get the next show in the Mugen series of shows from the Hiranaka Boxing School Gym, lead by former world champion Akinobu Hiranaka. The show isn't a big one, though we really do like the poster design, with a fighter an information displayed out in a chequered design. It's simple, but it's really quite effective. A nice design, though one that could do with just a touch of tweaking.
On December 9th fight fans in Okinawa get the next in the Mugen show, headlined by Japanese ranked Light Welterweight Marcus Smith. The poster for the show looks a busy one, but it's not a really exciting one if we're being honest.
On August 4th Japanese fight fans in Okinawa get a title double header, with a regional female title fight and a Japanese Youth title fight. Whilst neither of the fights is particularly high profile it is a pretty notable card and one that does have plenty of reasons to be interested. The poster is a pretty simple one but it does a great job in making the title fights feel important, with the defending champions in both bouts taking up the top half of the poster.
On April 8th fight fans in Okinawa will see a title double header. They will see Ryoya Ikema battle against Petchaboon Sithsaithong for a WBC Youth title and Yuko Henzan take on Kongsang Palum for an OPBF female title. The poster for the show has a really nice colour scheme and the green looks fantastic. The poster might not be the best graphically, but does have a really eye catching and delightful over all look. We're bigfans of this one.
On January 13th we get the first title fights in Japan for the year, with two OPBF title bouts in what is a very nice show so early in the year. One of those title bouts will see Carlo Magali defending the OPBF Super Featherweight title against Masatoshi Kotani whilst he other will see Rikki Naito and Jeffrey Arienza battling for the vacant OPBF Light Welterweight title. Not only does the card have those two title bouts but it also features really good looking under-card bouts, like the mouth watering Shuya Masaki Vs Hironori Mishiro contest. The poster for the card takes an interesting looking with two of the main event fighters from the double header aking up the center of the image and 4 of the undercard fighters taking up a smaller inset image. It's an interesting poster for what could be a very memorable show.
On September 10th we'll see the next Mugen show, headlined by a rematch between Edward Heno and Seita Ogido who face off for the OPBF Light Flyweight title. The poster follows the style of other Mugen posters, and looks like an exciting poster. The poster isn't amazing, but works well for the show, which should be very exciting and well worth the price of admission.
On May 21st fight fans in Okinawa will see Seita Ogido battle against Edward Heno for the now vacant OPBF Light Flyweight title. The bout will be over-shadowed massively this weekend but it's a solid bout on it's own merit and the poster is a pretty good looking one, which looks to build Ogido as a star.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.