On April 24th we'll see WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji make his 8th defense of the title as he takes on fellow Japanese fighter Tetsuya Hisada. The poster for the bout features the two men and the Osaka Skyline, with Osaka acting as the host of the bout. The poster is simple. Really simple, but there is a lot on there. Not only are the fighters on there, but so to are details of the under-card and the streaming service for the bout, "Boxing Real". The poster is simple but it makes the fighters look important and really does help sell a huge bout for Japanese boxing. Our only real complaint about is is the colouring of the words "WBC WORLD LIGHTFLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP", which is just a touch hard to read at the top of the poster.
On May 19th fight fans in Japan will get a world and Japanese title double header, with Reiya Konishi challenging IBF Light Flyweight champion Felix Alvarado and Kenichi Horikawa defending his Japanese Light Flyweight title. The card is a pretty good one, though hasn't been fully announced, however we do find it weird that Alvarado, the world champion, is completely absent from this official poster.
On July 13th WBO Minimumweight champion Ryuya Yamanaka will make his second defense, as he takes on hard hitting Filipino Vic Saludar, on the same card Reiya Konishi will be fight for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title against Orlie Silvestre. The poster onmly actually features the two Japanese fighters, knowing that will help sell the show, but it is a bit disappointing to not have either of the visitors in the promotional image for the card. It's a good poster, but could have been improved.
On March 18th fight fans at the Portopia Hotel in Kobe will get a world title double header, with Ryuya Yamanaka defending his WBO Minimumweight title against Moises Calleros and Reiya Konishi battling Carlos Canizales for the vacant WBA Light Flyweight title. The poster focuses entirely on the two local men and the world titles. It's not a terrible poster, though we do like to seeall the main fighters on a poster, and in some ways it almost looks as if the main event fight is Yamanaka Vs Konishi. It's a good poster, but a bit too focused on the Japanese fighters.
On September 3rd fight fans in Kyoto will get a triple title show, headlined by Shun Kubo defending the WBA Super Bantamweight title against Daniel Roman. The card will also see Reiya Konishi defending his Japanese Minimumweight title and Masayoshi Nakatani defending his OPBF Lightweight title. The 4 fighters mentioned are all on the poster which looks exciting, and interesting and is a really good quality poster, one that we really like.
This coming Sunday sees attention split across over Japan, though the most notable show of the month is the Shinsei promoted card in Kansai. The card features a Japanese, an Oriental and a world title fight and on the poster are Reiya Konishi, Shun Kubo and Masayoshi Nakatani. Although the poster could have featured their opponents it's certainly not a bad poster and it's clear that the card are selling a trio of title bouts. A nice poster, but nothing special.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.