This coming Friday isn't a busy day in Asian boxing but Watanabe Gym will be putting on one of their small domestic card which will feature a number of domestically ranked fighters. The show isn't a big one but it should prove to be an interesting one with the main event in particular being a very good match up between Hiroki Saito and Jo Tanooka.
In regards to the poster it's an interesting one but not a great one with images of several of the Watanabe gym fighters. It's not great but it's an acceptable enough for what is a domestic card.
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Sometimes boxing posters looks like movie posters and this weeks "Watanabe Gym Family Vol 6" actually makes us think we're looking at a Japanese movie poster and not a fight poster. The colouring, the "blood spatter" red and the inset pictures make us feel like it's a "who dunnit?" feature film.
Despite the movie like poster it's actually for the next Watanabe show on April 9th. The card is a decent domestic one with plenty to get excited about, cheap tickets and some solid domestic fighters on it, such as Ryuichi Funai.
Unfortunately, for the fighters we actually think the poster here will be better than the boxing, an odd thing to say though we've got to compliment Watanabe on having such a great poster.
(Image courtesy of Watanabe Gym)
The biggest fight this week, at least in Asia, takes place on Wednesday as former world champions Kohei Kono and Denkaosan Kaovichit attempt to become world champions yet again in their meeting for the WBA Super Flyweight title.
The bout is one that we love the look of, both men are experienced world level campaigners, both can go to war and both are likely to put on a put a great fight together. It really is difficult to complain about the bout.
As for the poster it's an interesting one more than a great one. It shows a number of the fighters on the show and not just the main event fighters which is pretty nice to see. Although the mosaic effect of the poster may not be down to everyone's liking we like it's simple but striking and with the names being in English it lets everyone see who, other than the main fighters, will be in action. Overall a "safe" effort but still a good one.
If we're being completely honest January and February have been incredibly poor for us boxing fans who have had relatively little too watch or even be all that excited by. Sure the odd fight and occasional knock out were worth catching but on the whole it has been disappointing. Thankfully however that is set to be part of history as March quickly approaches with a number of busy days in the boxing world.
The first of those busy days is on March 1st courtesy of Watanabe Gym's 7 bout card dubbed "The 522th Dynamic Glove".
The show's main event is easily the stand out bout as we get a much anticipated domestic rematch between Daisuke Nakagawa and Akio Shibata. The rematch is exciting by it's self but when you consider that this is an OPBF/Japanese Middleweight title unification bout things become even more enticing and it's going to be very hard to ignore this one and it's significance.
Amazingly we actually get 2 Middleweight bouts on this card with former world title challenger Makoto Fuchigami fighting Hikaru Nishida in the show's chief support bout. Fuchigami, who once fought Gennady Golovkin for the WBA Middleweight title, will know that a win would jump him up the cue to fight the winner of Nakagawa/Shibata II.
Also on the card is the world ranked Shin Ono who fights for the second time since needing to vacate the OPBF Light Flyweight title with an injury.
In regards to the actual poster it's sharp, it shows the 5 main fighters on the show, has plenty of details about the show and we rather like it. It's not exceptional but it is pretty decent.
One of the final shows of 2013 is "The best of best" a world title double header promoted by Watanabe gym and a show that promises to leave 2013 with fireworks.
The show, televised by TV Tokyo features a number of recogniable names on the undercard including Mexico's Carlos Cuadras, former Japanese champion Ryoichi Taguchi, Filipino Ryan Bito, former world champion Kohei Kono and model-come-boxer Tomomi Takano.
Although the under-card has notable names on it most of the bouts are mismatches. The main events however are mouth watering affairs as Takashi Miura faces Dante Jardon in a WBC Super Featherweight title defense and Takashi Uchiyama takes on Daiki Kaneko in a WBA Super Featherweight title fight. Both of those bouts are really exciting contests and better yet, there is real hope the winners will collide in a 2014 super fight. Yes this is the sort of show that helps give us the future and is a fantastic way to end the year.
In terms of the poster it's hard to complain. It has the 4 main event fighters, it has the details and although it misses some under-card stuff, it's fair to say the main events here are what will excite fans.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.