On January 25th 2022 we'll see a much anticipated rematch as Gakuya Furuhashi looks to defend his Japanese Super Bantamweight title against the man he won the title from, Yusaku Kuga. Given how amazing their first bout was we can't help but think this will be something really, really special, and brutally violent. Sadly the poster does feel somewhat under-whelming, and probably should just have been a photo from their first bout, which was likr a real Rocky movie.
On January 11th Japanese fight fans at Korakuen Hall will get their first boxing event of 2022 as Katsuki Mori and Kai Ishizawa face off for the vacant Japanese Minimumweight title. The match up is an excellent one, putting one of the most dangerous 105lb'ders on the planet against of the most promising young prospects in the division. A really interesting match up and one that, rightfully, get a pretty solid poster for a good domestic show.
On November 11th we'll see an Ohashi promoted card, headlined by a mouth watering clash between Takuma Inoue and Shingo Wake, who clash in what is essentially a world title eliminator at Super Bantamweight. The poster for the bout takes on a very interesting black and white style, and with the two men being the only people on the poster. It's simple, yet striking and we really like this. It might not be the most in your face poster, but it's a really solid one all the same.
On October 19th Ohashi Gym put on their next major show, and it's a genuine Doozy, with two very very good title bouts on it. One is a Japanese Youth title bout, between Andy Hiaraoka and Jin Sasaki whilst the other is an OPBF Bantamweight title bout between Kazuki Nakajima and Keita Kurihara. Although neither bout will get huge international attention, both contests should be very entertaining, and very explosive, given the men involved. The poster shows off the 4 men, what titles they are fighting for and is clear, easy to see and really nice to look at. A good, solid poster for a very good show.
On September 9th we get the next Phoenix Battle show, promoted by Hideyuki Ohashi. The card is a rather small one, with very few notable fighters involved, though it does feature former K-1 fighter Yoshiki Takei, who looks to continue his promising boxing journey, in the main event and the promising Rikito Adachi lower down the card. The poster really tries to sell the show on Takei, and in fairness the poster does a really good job at promoting a very weak card.
On July 8th we get the next show in the Phoenix Battle series of shows, from Hideyuki Ohashi and his Ohashi gym. The event isn't one of the biggest shows in the series' long history, but it is an excellent one, headlined by a brilliant Japanese Youth title fight, between Ryutaro Nakagaki and Ayumu Hanada, and also featuring the the likes of Tsyuoshi Tameda and Katsuki Mori. The poster really is beat around Nakagaki, and the design is clearly based on making him look like a star. It's a simple design, similar to the usual Phoenix Battle ones, but credit goes to them for making Nakagaki look this much of a star, this early in his career.
On May 13th we get the next big Ohashi show, and it's a brilliant card, headlined by an OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight unification bout between Satoshi Shimizu and Musashi Mori. The poster sells that bout really well whilst also promoting some of the under-card action. We do like the poster, a lot, and it does seem like a big show.
Interestingly the poster does seem to miss out on an easy goal here, given there is a second title bout on the card and it doesn't really get much attention on the poster. There's text regarding that bout, and one of the fighters, but it feels like they could have done a little bit more with it.
On March 11th we'll get the next Ohashi promoted show, and it's an interesting one, despite two of the planned bouts for the event being cancelled. The poster really focuses on promising Light Welterweight Andy Hiraoka and the debuting Yoshiki Takei, who is actually made to look like the star of the show. It's a simple poster, with nothing too original to the design, but it does really well in making two guys look like big stars, even if neither is that well known, yet.
On January 14th we'll see the next Phoenix Battle show from the Ohashi Gym and it's a good one with a main event between OPBF Bantamweight champion Keita Kurihara and former WBC "interim" Bantamweight champion Takuma Inoue. Those two men make up the key part of the poster, selling the show on their mouth watering match up. As well as the two main event fighters the poster also features the Ohashi gym fighters on the show, with inset photo's of Katsuki Mori, Keisuke Matsumoto, Ryutaro Nakagaki and Yushin Uchida. The poster is an artistic one with an exciting look and an eye catching main image. A really good poster!
On November 28th we get the next edition of the Ohashi promoted "Phoenix Battle" shows. The show is headlined by a WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title bout, pitting defending champion Musashi Mori against hard hitting challenger Tsuyoshi Tameda, with the show also featuring a special exhibition between former world champion Akira Yaegashi and Taku Kuwahara, which has seemingly been added after injuries gutted the card. The poster is a really nice looking one, that, without the boxers, would look like a decent place for a quite, relaxing holiday.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.