The first Thai show of 2021 is taking place right now and is headlined by a bout between former world title challenger Amnat Ruenroeng and Arnon Yupang. The poster for the bout is a pretty interesting one. It's a simple design at first glance, but features a nice background design of the two men. It's not ground breaking but is a pretty solid overall design, and was one of at least 3 posters designed for this show!
Earlier this year we had expected to see teenage sensation Phoobadin Yoohanngoh take on Atchariya Wirojanasunobol, though sadly the bout was cancelled on relatively short notice with Phoobadin forced out due to injury. Rather than cancelling the bout however the promoter brought in a replacement for September and have now re-arranged this bout for November 28th. Sadly the poster for the bout is lacking, and the poster for their September date was better, but it's great to see the men re-arranging their bout regardless
On October 31st we, as boxing fans, get treat big time with a number of really interesting fights, spread out all around the globe. One of the most interesting takes place on Bangkok and sees professional novice Nonthasith Petchnamthong take on former world champion Kompayak Porpramook. The poster for this is a really decent one, making it look like the men really want to go for each other. It's old skool in many ways, but it's still a damn fine poster! One of our favourite from Thailand this year!
the final day of October is set to feature a lot of interesting action, most notably Naoya Inoue's clash with Jason Moloney in the US. In Thailand we'll get to see the next show in "The Fighter" series from TL Promotions. This show will be headlined by a WBA Asia South Bantamweight clash between Nonthasith Petchnamthong and veteran Pornsawan Porpramook. The poster is a simply one, with a lot of details in the middle, the series logo and the fighters. Nothing too special, but it works for the card and it's a recognisable one with all the information fans need to be able to watch the show. It's simple but functional.
On September 26th we'll see unbeaten Thai Atchariya Wirojanasunobol return to the ring almost 2 years after his last bout as he takes on veteran Kaewfah Tor Buamas in the latest TL Boxing Promotions show under "The Fighter" banner. The poster features the two men, the name of the show and all the details we could wish to have, including TV channel, date, time and title. It's not the most amazing design every but it's a simple and effective one, it works and it's certainly easy enough on the eye.
The Thai boxing scene has changed a lot over recent years and the growth of WP Boxing and The Fighter have added an almost professional feel to the events, to differentiate from the more typical out doors Thai shows. They haven't just had a different feel in terms of staging, but also promotion, and they've given us more traditional posters, like this one for the next show under "The Fighter" banner. It's clean, crisp and professional looking. Basic, but clear.
One thing we would like to see Thai posters begin to do, especially if they are going with these cleaner designs, is to add the "English" versions of fighters names, just to make it easier to try and get Western fans interest in some of these bouts. Such as this one featuring Arnon Yupang defending his WBA Asia South Featherweight title.
To begin March we see TL Boxing Promotions kick off their year with their first show of 2020 and their first show since securing a recent deal with Thairath. The card they begin the year with will see a double header as Dennapa Kianiwat, now fighting as Dennapa Trabaihor, takes on Jeny Boy Buca for the WBA Asia Flyweight title and Jomvo Korsaklamphun battling Adrian Lerasan for the WBA Asia Super Flyweight title. The poster is simple but effective. It's just a shame the TV channel, "Thairath TV" is the same damn colour as the background! Very bizarre issue.
On October 26th Thai fans tuning in to One HD will get the chance to see the next show in The Fighter series. The poster doesn't scream boxing to us, though it is rather ye catching poster. A bit of a strange one, that sort of feels incomplete and lacking in fighters.
Thailand is mixing things up in regards to which channels are showing boxing, and which promoters are doing what, one thing that is consistent however is that their posters are really uninspired, and that's the case here with what is essentially a glorified bout listing for the upcoming "The Fighter", show.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.