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.
In June 2013 the Ohashi Gym put on a show headlined by the then WBA Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao taking on Mari Ando. The card also had the rising Ryo Matsumoto and an interestingly female bout between Saemi Hanagata and Yuko Kuroki. The poster is pretty basic one, but it does follow the usual style we see from the Phoenix Battle posters. The branding is there and although nothing amazing it did work to sell the show.
In April 2013 Japanese fans got a major treat as live boxing returned to Fuji TV thanks to a rising young fighter called Naoya Inoue. The future multi-weight world champion had signed a deal with Fuji who broadcast his third bout, a contest with Yuki Sano, live on a broadcast dubbed "Exciting Time". Inoue was the main event, and the only bout broadcast, yet he wasn't the only notable name on the show with Ryo Matsumoto, Yuta Saito and Yohei Tobe also being featured. The poster sells hard on Inoue, and understandably so, but is a solid overall design.
On February 26th 2013 Ohashi held the 42nd show in the Phoenix Battle series. The show saw Ryuji Hara defending the Japanese Minimumweight title against Yuma Iwahashi and had Ayaka Miyao take on Masae Akitaya. Others on this card included Seiichi Okada and Ryo Matsumoto. The poster makes Hara look like a star, it's busy yet well put together and clean. Not an amazing poster, but a very solid one.
On January 5th 2013 we got the 41st show in the Phoenix Battle series. The show featured Akira Yaegashi, fighting for the first time since losing to Kazuto Ioka, the second professional bout for Naoya Inoue and the fifth professional bout for Ryo Matsumoto. Despite this being very early in Inoue's career he's a major focal point of of the poster and it's clear that Ohashi was well aware that he was a star in the making. We like the design, we like the colours, the only thing we don't like is the lack of symmetry and it would have been improved had there been a fight mirroring Matsumoto. But that really is a minor complaint with a very, very good poster.
Phoenix Battle 40 is a pretty notable show, in that it featured the debut of Naoya Inoue as well as bouts featuring Ryuji Hara and Ryo Matsumoto and a bout between Satoshi Hosono and Rikiya Fukuhara. We're unsure if this was a show 4 different posters originally that have been brought together for one collage of posters, or was originally designed like this from the start, but whatever it was we like this and we like the concept of different fighters, and different fights, getting their own posters. Not the best Phoenix Battle poster, but it is certainly in the top handful.
In May 2012 we had a show in the Phoenix Battle series. This was headlined by Seiichi Okada taking on Daiki Kaneko in a Japanese Super Featherweight title bout and featured a real who's who of Ohashi fighters on it, including a then 2-0 Ryo Matsumoto, former world title challenger Satoshi Hosono and a then promising Ryuji Hara. The poster is a busy one, an eye catching one and one that borders the line between exciting and overly busy. We like it, but we can understand why others would see it as too busy.
In September 2011 Ohashi held the 38th show in their Phoenix Battle series. This one was headlined by Seiichi Okada defending his Japanese Super Featherweight title against Kota Suzushino. The card was held as part of a Dynamic Glove card, meaning it's under both banners. Sadly the poster just looks boxing and dull and is very much not one we're fans of. Just a very uninspired and unoriginal design.
In July 2011 the Ohashi Gym put on one of their Phoenix Battle shows, with this one being the 37th in the series. The event was headlined by Satoshi Hosono defending the Japanese Featherweight title against Kazunori Takayama, and featured the likes of Ryuji Hara and Ayaka Miyao. The poster sells the main event hard and has a rather interesting colour scheme. Whilst not an amazing poster it is certainly one we like, and one that looks very underground and different.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.