On April 17th we get the next show from Mutoh gym, under their "You Will Be the Champion" banner, and it's a genuinely good show, headlined by a Japanese title fight and featuring some of the gym's brightest young fighters. The title fight will see Riku Kunimoto take on Mikio Sakai in a Japanese Middleweight title bout, and in all honesty we love the poster design, with a look that resembles an Western style wanted poster. It's different, it stands out, and it looks unique in a world where boxing posters tend to play things too safe. A really good poster for a very good looking domestic show.
On December 19th we'll see WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Nishida seek his first defense as he headlines a Mutoh Gym event at the Sumiyoshi Ward center. The poster for the event sells it hard on Nishida, who won the title earlier this year with a big upset win over Daigo Higa. Although the poster isn't the most interesting or the most exciting it does do a great job in making Nishida look like a star, and that is probably the key here, rather than promoting the show.
On April 19th Japanese fight fans in Osaka will get the next card from the Mutoh Gym. The show isn't a huge one, by any means, but certainly has some interesting match ups on it, including a Japanese Youth title fight between Joe Shiraishi and Tetsuya Mimura and a huge step up for Ryosuke Nishida, who takes on Matcha Nakagawa. Sadly the poster just feels really uninspired and like so many other "You will be the Champion" posters. They keep their branding clear, but it's just uninspiring and doesn't have a big fighter to sell the show on.
On December 22nd the Muto Gym will be holding their next show under the "You Will Be The Champion" banner. The card will be headlined by Yuki Strong Kobayashi defending his WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title against Korean challenger Ki Chang Go, and will also feature a number of promising Japanese prospects. The poster sells the show on the main event, and does well at pushing the Muto gym fighters. It's simple but works
On Christmas Eve Japanese fight fans in Osaka get a treat, as Yuki Stong Kobayashi takes on Keita Kurihara in a potentially all action bout, for the OPBF Bantamweight title. The poster for the bout isn't the most exciting, though does explain the main event and features a number of fighters from the card, as well as the OPBF title. It's nothing amazing, but does it's job.
On April 16th fight fans in Osaka will be able to see OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson defending his title, against Sung-Jae Ahn. The poster focuses on Tyson and makes it clear that he's the star of the show, but the reality is that the poster is a bit too Tyson centric, especially given that his opponent seems to get very little attention here.
This coming Sunday is a busy day in Japan. One of the many shows taking place is "You Will be the Champion 7". The poster is a busy one with 4 notable faces on show, but one that is exciting, interesting and looks like a solid poster, for what is actually likely to be a less than great card. It's a good poster and we like this one!
On November 23rd Japanese fans in Osaka get one of the best shows this year, as Mutoh boxing and Morioka boxing come together to promote a huge 5 title bout show featuring 2 OPBF title bouts, 2 WBO Asia Pacific title bouts and a WBC Youth title fight. The card is not only stacked with title action but the show features notable names, like the fast rising Hinata Maruta and former world title challengers like Hirofumi Mukai and Inthanon Sithchamuang. The poster lists the 5 title bouts, it's laid out easily and simple and looks interesting. It's not an artistic poster but it is a really smart one.
The best of 5 Japanese shows this coming Sunday is the "You Will be the Champion 5" card which features several intriguing bouts, such as Hinata Maruta Vs Jason Canoy and Dennis Laurente Vs Takayuki Hosokawa, in an OPBF title fight, as well as undercard bouts featuring Masao Nakamura and Satoru Sugita. The card is certainly one of the better shows this year and really has got the attention of ourselves, and others.
The poster however is a flawed one with one of the men featured, Mark John Yap, no longer being on the show and the images used for Canoy and Laurente as unfair small. Despite that the card is being used to advertise the local fighters and it's hard to complain too much about the show which sells it's self.
In Osaka this Sunday fans will have the choice between two cards, one of which is the Muto promoted "You will be the Champion 4" a card that seems to be a stepping stone show for a number of fighters looking at bigger bouts, such as former Japanese 154lb champion Takayuki Hosokawa and promising Middleweight puncher Maebara Tyson Koki.
The poster is a really simple one, but one that we like a lot. The text is mostly in English, the design is clear and straight forward and there is very little to dislike about it, other than the fact it may be overly simplistic. A good solid effort.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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