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.
Later this month we'll see Naoya Inoue defending his unified Bantamweight titles against Filipino challenger Michael Dasmarinas. The poster has a number of different designs and this is the one being used by Fuji TV for their broadcast of the bout, giving the time of their broadcast, 8pm on June 20th, as well as the Top Rank design of the main poster. It's simple, it's basic and as a poster it's a little bit disappointing. We can't help but feel the main poster should have been better, but it is good to see Fuji are pushing their broadcast of the bout already.
One of the more interesting bouts on the calendar is also one of the most over-looked and that's the IBF Super Featherweight title bout between Russian based Tajiki Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov and Japan's Kenichi Ogawa. The bout really isn't getting much attention, but has had a pretty neat looking promotional poster image released from RCC Boxing. The image is the two fighters in front of what is essentially a Japanese flag, colouured with a brown-gold rather than white. It's simple. but it's effective.
The Dangan event schedule has been really ripped up over the past year of so with shows being cancelled, the pandemic and injuries. Despite the issues Dangan are still plugging away on on June 21st we get Dangan 240, headlined by Super Flyweight triple crown winner Ryoji Fukunaga defending his titles against fellow Japanese fighter Takahiro Fujii. The poster really pushes the main event, and ignores almost everything else on the show. It makes the main bout look great, though we do wonder if there is need for quite as much text as we're getting here.
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.
On June 6th Korean boxing will have a new champion crowned as Kook Min Moon and Tae Sun Kim battle for the KBM Super Featherweight title. The poster is a more well designed than many we see from South Korea. It has artistic ideas behind it, and does sell the bout as something big. Sadly though it's also a flawed poster. The test on Sun's hair is a nightmare to reas, with "Super" almost hidden in his hair, and the rest of the text is simply too big, taking up too much space. It would be nice to see the text scaled down a little bit, but other than that, we do like this one.
On June 27th the BM Promotions will be hosting a KBM Super Flyweight title bout between Jung Tae Woong and Lee Ju Ho. The match up might not be worthy of much international attention, but it's certainly a decent match up and, with it being in Korea, it'll be a really exciting one. After all Korean bouts are almost always thrillers. The poster for the bout is a very simple one, with the two fighters, and a huge "Boxing M" logo in he middle. As with most Korean posters it's not a work of art, but is a very functional poster. A very basic functional worker.
KBM have organised a show set for July 3rd in Gyeonggi Province headlined by a WBC Asia Welterweight silver title bout between the light hitting Min Ho Jung and the fun to watch Hwang Kook Je. The poster for the bout is an incredibly basic one, but also a pretty decent one. It's simple, it's a little bit plain, but all the details are clear, in English and Korean and it's obvious what the bout is. It's effective, yet basic poster that does it's job.
On June 26th 2021 we'll see a very, very interesting match up at the RCC Boxing Academy as Zhora Hamazaryan battles against Kyrgyzstan's Erzhan Turgumbekov. The bout, which takes place in Ekaterinburg, has a really, really red poster. Not much else to say other than that it features the two men and is REALLY, red!
This coming weekend we get the chance to see a mouth watering match up between two men each looking to make their mark on the sport and move towards a world title bout at 140lbs. The men in question are 30 year old Kazakh Batyrzhan Jukembayev and 29 year old Puerto Rican Subriel Matias, who should make for a sensational clash. Interestingly there does appear to be a poster for the bout, and it's a great one. It's artistic, it's stylised and rather unique. It catches the eye really well and does exactly what a poster should do. A very, very goood poster here for a really good match up.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.