On May 23rd in Osaka we'll get a Shinsei Promoted card from the EDION Arena Osaka. This card is certainly not a huge one, but it is an interesting one, headlined by leading Japanese Light Flyweight contender Rikito Shiba taking on Hideyuki Watanabe and supported by some interesting match ups, such as Isao Aoyama Vs Tetsuro Ohashi. The poster isn't the best, but it does make Shiba look like an absolute star, and it focuses on him in a way that makes him seem like a very special fighter. It also has the now wonderful Boxing Real icon, showing that the show will be available on the Boxing Real YouTube channel.
On April 4th we get a show from Shinsei Gym, and from what we can tell it's an all female show, with all the bouts currently announced for the event, and there's been 6, all being female bouts. The main event will be a Japanese Atomweight title bout, with Kaori Nagai defending her title against Natsuki Tarui, and the poster really sells the female basis of the show. Sadly the show doesn't have a "star" on it, but the poster does well at using what the show does have to try and sell the event. The poster is nothing original, but it's simple and it works.
On March 28th we'll get the next Shinsei promoted show under their "Real Spirits" series. This show will be headlined by former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Shun Kubo, who takes on Ruito Saeki. Kubo stands out on the poster, which keeps a design similar to many other Real Spirit posters. It's not an amazing design, but it's one with good, recognisable branding, and a lot of details, such as the date, venue, match line up.
Just as an aside, we're really glad to see the Boxing Real logo on there, showing that Shinsei will continue with the Boxing Real project, which was one of the best things about Japanese boxing in 2020.
On December 19th we'll see the next Shinsei promoted event and whilst it's not what we had originally hoped to see, it's still a solid card card featuring interesting match ups between Hiroyuki Hisataka and Tetsuro Ohashi, and Ryosuke Nishida and Shohei Omori. The poster is a really simple design, making the main event very clear and a lot of details on the poster. It does however leave us wondering if there's some sort of link to Scotland here due to the white cross on blue background, the Scottish flag!
On July 12th 2013 in Hyogo Shinsei put on one of their Real Spirits show, and lookin back on it it was a notable one. It featured Kohei Oba defending the Japanese Bantamweight title and also featured bouts including Mark John Yap and Ryuya Yamanaka. If we're being on the poster looks fine, though sadly the copy of it we've got to share here is a very, very low quality image of it. It's a bit dull and unimaginative but it's "fine" and inoffensive.
On December 13th we'll get the next show in the Real Spirits series of shows from Shinsei Gym. The card isn't a huge one, but it is a solid one, with a Japanese female Minimumweight title bout between Yumi Narita and Miki Mont Blanc and a main event between Yuki Yonaha and Motoki Osanai. Certainly not a massive card, but a solid Japanese domestic one! As for the poster the design follows pretty much the general layout of the Real Spirits shows. We're not huge fans of these poster if we're being totally honest, as they feel crowded at the top and empty at the bottom.
On May 17th 2013 Shinsei put on the 30th show under their "Real Spirits" banner. The poster has a very clean look and uses the most notable fighters on the card, like Yuhei Suzuki, Accel Sumiyoshi, Takahiro Shigee and Burning Ishii to sell the show. It's a nice, clean look, but doesn't make us think "big time boxing". More like a semi-sexy boy band poster or something.
Following his 2011 loss to Jhonny Gonzalez we saw Japanese great Hozumi Hasegawa slowly rebuild towards another world title fight. His third bout after the Gonzalez defeat saw him take on Weerapon Kingsantea, in the main event of Real Spirits 29. The bout focuses on Hasegawa and has a pretty cool visual decision. It's simple, it works and it makes Hasegawa look great. A simple but effective poster.
Back in March 2013 we got the 28th show in the "Real Spirits" series. The show was headlined by Kohei Oba and Jerope Mercado battling for the Japanese Bantamweight title. The card also featured notable up and comers including Shohei Omori, Kota Tokunaga, Ryotaro Kawabata and Kei Takenaka. The poster for the show focused heavily on the main event and made Oba look like a star. It's not the best poster we've seen, but it's certainly not an awful one either.
The Shinsei Promoted Real Spirits 27 took place on February 22nd 2013 and had this gold themed poster. The show wasn't a huge one but the poster was a solid one, selling on the Shinsei fighters in the 3 main bouts. This wasn't a bad poster, given the quality of the show, but it was always going to be a tough sell.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.