Way back on July 14th 2013 Kiyoshi Hatanaka promoted a show International Conference Hall under the "Soul Fighting" series. The card was headlined by Yushi Tanaka facing Vergel Nabran for the WBC Youth Bantamweight title. The poster sells the title fight as the key part of the event, pushing the two men and the Youth title. It's not an amazing poster by any stretch, but is a solid enough one, that udnerstands the focus of the show.
Way back in March 2013 fight fans in Nagoya had a chance to see Masamichi Nozaki battle against Yushi Tanaka in a bout for the WBC Youth Bantamweight title. The show, the 45th in the "Soul Fighting" series of shows, put on by Kiyoshi Hatanaka, wasn't a big show but did it's best to sell the show on a Youth title bout. A solid poster but certainly nothing amazing.
On August 24th in Japan we'll see 3-weight world champion Kosei Tanaka return to the ring to make his second defense of the WBO Flyweight title, taking on mandatory challenger Jonathan Gonzalez from Puerto Rico. The card will also feature fast rising youngster Kento Hatanaka in action. The poster, or at least the Soul Fighting poster, keeps a similar design to other Soul Fighting posters, and whilst there are things to like we do feel the image of the WBO title is a bit too big, and the fighters are a bit too small, though the poster does a good job of making the belt look really important.
On March 31st we'll see former 2-weight world champion Kosei Tanaka make his ring return, along with stablemates Kenta Hatanaka and Yushi Tanaka. The post for the bout features those men, along with Shota Hayashi who will be having his retirement ceremony on the card. Despite selling the Hatanaka gym fighters well, the post looks a bit empty and disappointing. It's not bad, but could have been better.
On September 3rd Japanese fight fans in Aichi will get a Hatanaka promoted card, featuring three of the most notable fighters from the gym. Those three fighters are former Japanese champion Shota Hayashi, the hotly tipped prospect Kento Hatanaka and former 2-time Japanese title challenger Yushi Tanaka. The show is selling on those men and it's clear that the poster's focus on those 3, in what is actually a pretty good poster, and one we quite like.
On May 20th fight fans worldwide will get the chance to Kosei Tanaka in action onceagain, as CBC provide a free legal stream to his bout against Angel Acosta. The poster for the bout sells the show heavily on the main event, but also draws attention to the promisng Kento Hatanaka, the son of former world champion Kiyoshi Hatanaka. It's a simple poster, but a very effective one.
This coming Saturday Japanese fight fans get two title fights. One of those will take place in Aichi as Shota Hayashi and Noriyuki Ueno battle for the vacant Japanese Featherweight title. The poster for the bout only features Hayashi but it's an interesting poster advertising the bout with an image of the Japanese title as well as Hayashi.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.