On July 25th we see boxing return to Kobe with a double header thanks to the Shinsei Gym. On that card will be the rescheduled OPBF Light Flyweight title bout, between Kenichi Horikawa and Daiki Tomita as well as a Japanese female Atomweight title bout, between Kaori Nagai and Momoko Kanda. The poster sells the show on those two title bouts, and is a simple, but effective poster with a nice, clean, design.
We get the next Shinsei promoted card on March 7th as "Real Spirits Vol 68" takes place in Kobe city. The event is certainly not the biggest show of the year, but with notable names through out the card it is one worthy of attention. The main event will feature OPBF female champion Wakako Fujiwara, whilst supporting bouts feature the likes of Hiroshige Osawa and Tetsuro Ohashi. The poster keeps the same sort of design as others in the "Real Spirits" series, which does work, but we do wonder about the choices of images used to make the poster, and the lack of details regarding the "opponents available on the poster image.
On March 1st we'll see a new OPBF Light Flyweight being crowned as veteran Kenichi Horikawa takes on Daiki Tomita for the vacant title. The two men are featured heavily on the poster, with the show selling hard on the main event. The poster is basic, straightforward, and yet works really well. Nothing special but it knows what it's selling fans and those behind it know what works.
On December 8th we get the next card under the Real Spirits banner, and it's one that hasn't really got much to sell it's self on, but does have a great all Japanese main event as Musashi Mori defends the WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title against Takuya Mizuno. The poster sells hard on the main event, which is a great bout, and it certainly does what it can. We're genuinely disappointed by how weak the under-card is, but the main event, alone, is worthy of genuine intrigue and attention.
On October 19th we get the next Real Spirits show, headlined by a fantastic match up between Tetsuro Ohashi and Suzumi Takayama, who battle for the Japanese Youth Super Flyweight title. That bout takes up around half the poster, really selling just how important that bout is, whilst the rest of the poster is focused on the under-card fighters. The poster is exciting and eye catching and we like it!
On September 23rd we'll see the next Shinsei Gym show and it's a card that's being sold on the fact we have 2 female title bouts. One of the bouts will see Wakako Fujiwara defending the OPBF female Featherweight title, for the second time, as she takes on Yoshie Wakasa whilst the other will see Miki Mitsuda make her first defense of the Japanese Female Featherweight title as she goes up against Kimika Miyoshi. The poster sells the card on those 2 bouts, and looks decent, but unspectacular, a rather bland effort if we're being totally honest.
On April 27th Japanese fight fans get the next Shinsei Promoted Real Spirits card. The show will be headlined by young prodigy Kasumi Saeki, who faces Elizabeth Lopez for the WBO female Minimumweight title whilst Etsuko Tada will also be involved in a notable bout. The poster makes Saeki and Tada look like stars and although the poster is certainly not amazing it is pretty solid and does do it's best to push female boxers.
On March 24th Shinsei boxing gym and Vady boxing gym will be putting on a joint promoted show in Kobe. The card features some really interesting fighters such as Shun Kosaka, who will take on veteran Shunji Nagata in one of the two main events, with the other featuring world ranked Lightweight Kazuhiro Nishitani whilst the under card will featuring the likes of Yuki Yamauchi and Yuri Takemoto. The poster is a pretty solid one, selling on the men involved and showing that their target is the world. It's nothing massively original, but it is overall solid for a domestic level card.
The Shinsei Gym are basically taking over the EDION Arena Osaka on December 1st with two cards. One is Real Spirits Vol 60, a card with 4 female title bouts, whilst the second is Real Spirits Vol 61, which will be headlined by two WBO Asia Pacific title fights, featuring local fighters Reiya Konishi and Masao Nakamura, as well as the the next bout with Shun Kubo. The three men are all on the poster, though none of their visiting opponents are. The poster is a decent one, and shows the 3 local draws, and will bring people to the event, though is certainly nothing amazing.
To kick off December the Shinsei Gym will be putting on their next "Real Spirits" card, which is a card set to celebrate female boxing, much like the Victoriva cards from Dangan. The poster sells well on the female action on the show, though it does feel like a poster that is heavy on images at the top and text at the bottom, taking away from what really should have been a more image based poster. It's a good attempt but could have been improved, a lot.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.