On July 6th Watanabe Gym will be putting on a show in Kumamoto headlined by the two Shigeoka brothers, as Japanese champion Ginjiro Shigeoka defends his title against Naoya Haruguchi and Ginjiro's older brother Yudai Shigeoka defends his WBO Asia Pacific title against Cris Ganoza. The two brothers are the stars of the show and are the stars of the poster, making it clear that the show is based on them and their return to Kumamoto. This is eye catching, yet simple and makes the brothers look like huge stars.
On June 10th we get the third volume in the Dangan all 4 rounder series for 2022. The poster for the show, like many in this series, uses a simple action photo for the image on the poster. The design is nothing amazing, but it's a design that works and promotes the show on the back of what it is, rather than who is involved. A decent poster for a low level show.
On March 2nd fight fans at Korakuen Hall will will get the next show from Dangan and Watanabe Gym. Sadly the card lost one of it's main bouts in the build up to the event, and as a result has a rather low key main event. Sadly with the low quality main event the poster hasn't got a very appealing bout to and just looks a bit bland without a major fight to promote.
On December 2nd Japanese fight fans at Korakuen Hall are in for a treat as headlined by an excellent match up between Hironori Mishiro and Kazuhiro Nishitani and supported by a potentially thrilling clash between Taiki Minamoto and Shingo Kusano. The poster really promotes the show on the main event, and it's clear that those behind the poster know they have a great bout which sells it's self. Sadly this style of poster for Dangan shows is feeling a bit over done, and we would like to see them mix things up again in the future.
On September 22nd we get a co-promoted show from Watanabe Gym and Dangan, and whilst not a massive show it is an interesting one, headlined by a bout between Taiki Minamoto and Shingo Kusano, who make up the main images on the poster. The big images and the golden looking background make this look like a massively important show. It's the most original, but it does look sharp and eye catching, and we like it!
On July 14th we'll get a co-promoted Watanabe Gym and Dangan show headlined by Ginjiro Shigeoka defending his WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title against Toshiki Kawamitsu. The poster makes it clear that that bout is going to be something special, and it's that bout they selling the show around. Big time. In fact the result of the poster features only a tiny portion for the under-card and supporting match ups. This is a good design, it makes the main fighters look like huge stars and it's a very solid poster, even if it's not the most artistic or unique. They've used what they have and they've used it well.
The last 12 months or so have been a frustrating one for the Dangan team, who have had numerous shows cancelled due to the on going pandemic. Despite that they are battling through it, and will put on their next show on June 6th when they partner up with the Watanabe gym for a title triple header. All the fighters on the card are clearly seen in the poster, and whilst it's certainly nothing original or artistically amazing, it does a good job and showing exactly what fans will be getting. A solid overall, yet simple, poster.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.