92th Phoenix Battle
On September 13th we'll see an Ohashi promoted card, headlined by Andy Hiraoka, defending his WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight title, and also show casing highly touted prospects Ryutaro Nakagaki and Keisuke Matsumoto. The poster is pretty much built around those 3 men, and it looks eye catching, simple and effective. It makes Hiraoka look like a star, and look really does make it seem like he's someone special, with the other two youngsters looking good due to association. It's nothing original, but it does work really well here.
91st Phoenix Battle
On August 26th Filipino fighter Pete Apolinar will be defending his OPBF Super Bantamweight title against fast rising Japanese puncher Yoshiki Takei. Looking at the poster however you'd be hard pressed to think the bout was anything other than the Takei show, with only the challenger being shown on the poster, along with the details of the show in Japanese and the OPBF title details and streaming information, PBX, in English. This would usually be a bad design, but with Takei being a big star in Japan, due in part to his kick boxing career, those in charge of the show have pushed him front and center on the promotional aspect, which will appeal to the local fans more than including the relatively unknown, at least in Japan, champion.
90st Phoenix Battle
On July 12th we'll get the next show under the Phoenix Battle banner, and it's a genuinely interesting card, with a Japanese Light Middleweight title bout as the headline bout, as Makoto Kawasaki takes on Ryosuke Maruki, and a who's who of Ohashi Gym prospects on the under-card, with Kazuki Nakajima, Ryutaro Nakagaki, Katsuya Yasuda, Taku Kuwahara, Kenta Yamakawa and Yuya Tanaka. The poster pushes Kawasaki hard, but also gives plenty of attention to the youngsters on the show in a clear and simple poster.
89th Phoenix Battle
On June 29th we get the 89th show in the Phoenix Battle series and it is one with a main event that is truly mouth watering, as former 3 weight world champion Kosei Tanaka takes on WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight champion Masayoshi Hashizume. The poster for the event takes an old school design, with the bright yellow and the two fighters, and despite lacking a wide array of colours we love this poster. It's simple, it's eye catching, and it sells a brilliant main event. One of the best simple posters we've seen this year.
88th Phoenix Battle
On May 10th we'll see a mouth watering Japanese Youth Minimumweight title bout, as Shunsuke Isa defends his belt against the talented Katsuki Mori. The poster is pushing the entire show on that bout, and whilst it's not a massive bout, it's a good one and this is a solid poster pushing it, with both men being given very prominent and clear positions on the poster. Oddly the poster lacks an image of Yoshiki Takei, who is a big draw, even this early in his bout.
Phoenix Battle 87
On April 22nd we get the next Phoenix Battle show, and it's a great one, with Masataka Taniguchi defending the WBO Minimumweight world title against Kai Ishizawa, and we also see Yoshiki Takei take a major step up to take on Shingo Kawamura. The poster is a solid one, selling the show on the main event and on the appearance of Takei, who also stars heavily on the poster. It's a simple design, but an eye catching one, and one that sells the show well.
86th Phoenix Battle
On February 28th we'll see the next show from the Ohashi Gym, under their Phoenix Battle banner. The show isn't one of their strongest ones, but is a pretty interesting one, with the comeback fights of Kazuki Nakajima and Taku Kuwahara, who both lost last time out. Those two men dominate the poster, but a number of those on the under-card are also featured in what is a solid poster, though one we do feel could have done with a lick of colour. It's solid, it's clear and it's got a lot of detail, but it does look a little washed out which is a shame as the show deserved something a little bit better than what we have here.
85th Phoenix Battle
On February 28th we get the next show under the Phoenix Battle line of shows, the shows put on by the Ohashi Gym. The show is a double header, with two double title bouts on the card, though one of those bouts is given much bigger billing on the poster, with that being the 140lb bout between Andy Hiaroka, the JBC and WBO Asia Pacific champion, and Cristiano Aoqui, with the Super Flyweight bout between Masayoshi Hashizume and Akio Furutani being given much smaller billing. Whilst we have no issue with the poster focusing on one bout over the other, we do wonder why it's essentially black and white, something that does leave it feeling some what disappointing, for such a good show.
Phoenix Battle 84 & Hopeful Fight 36
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.
83th Phoenix Battle
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.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.