Earlier today the East Japanese Boxing Association announced their award winners for the month of September, with 3 awards being won.
The MVP for the month was the new Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (8-1, 4) [佐川遼], who defeated Reiya Abe (19-3-1, 9) [阿部 麗也] to claim the title. The new champion impressed in his win, and it's hard to really think that anyone else even came close to challenging Sagawa for the award.
The "Fighting Spirit" award was also won by a Japanese champion, with Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yusaku Kuga (19-3-1, 12) [久我勇作] earning the award for his impressive blow out win over Yosuke Fujihara (18-7, 5) [藤原陽介]. This looked like an easy defense for Kuga, but turned out much easier than expected for the champion.
The newcomer award was won by excellent youngster Rikito Shiba (4-0, 2) [芝力人], for his win over Shisui Kawabata (2-1, 2) [川端嗣穂] to claim the Japanese youth Light Flyweight title. This was a great performance from Shiba, who will be fighting in a Japanese title eliminator in December, and we really do look forward to seeing where his career goes in the coming years.
The award ceremony for the 3 men will take place on October 26th at the Korakuen Hall, as part of a big show featuring a number of Japanese title eliminators.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall the East Japanese Boxing Assocation award winners for the month of July were given a chance to collect awards and speak to the crowd, who were there primarily to see the East Japan Rookie of the Year semi-finals.
The MVP for the month was OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (8-0-1, 3) [三代大訓], who retained his title with a win over the now retired Ryo Takenaka (18-5-1, 11) [竹中 良]. Mishiro retained his title by stopping Takenaka in the 8th round of their clash.
At today's ceremony Mishiro said he was pleased to have won the MVP award following successive fights and that his next bout would be in December, with more details being revealed over social media in the near future.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by Japanese Bantamweight champion Yusuke Suzuki (11-3, 7) [鈴木悠介] following his violent war with the heavy handed Yuta Saito (12-10-3, 9) [齊藤裕太]. Thankfully Saito's face, which was a mess after the bout, has healed up well. He didn't say much but did say that next time out he'll be doing his best to win the MVP award.
For those who missed the Suzuki Vs Saito bout we've included it below.
The Newcomer award won by the fact rising Light Welterweight hopeful Andy Hiraoka (14-0, 9) [平岡アンディ], who took a decision win over former world title challenger Akihiro Kondo (31-9-1, 18) [近藤 明広]. Hiraoka mentioned going overseas in the future and that he was honoured to recieve his first award. At the moment there is no future plans set in stone, but he will be announcing things in the near future through social media.
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Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced the award winners for the month of August, with 3 awards being won.
The MVP for the month was Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登], who successfully defended his title with a stoppage win over Shuji Kato (10-2-2, 6) [加藤収二], in what was the second bout between the two. In their first bout, earlier in the year, the two men had fought to a draw but this time Takahashi managed to take his foe out, and take the monthly MVP award.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by OPBF Super Bantamweight title champion Hiroaki Teshigawara(20-2-2, 13) [勅使河原 弘晶], who retained his title in a war with former world title challenger Shohei Omori (20-3, 15) [大森 将平]. The bout was a thriller, without being an all out action fight, and both men landed some heavy leather, with Teshigawara's unorthodox timing and rhythm constantly confounding Omori until Teshigawara finally took his man out late on.
The Newcomer award was won by Masahiro Suzuki (3-0, 2) [鈴木雅弘], who scored a career best win by stopping Japanese ranked Lightweight Kosuke Arioka (9-4-1, 8) [有岡 康輔]. This was a tough test for the novice who was hurt at one point, but still impressed with his performance and made a clear statement of intent, as he took a huge step towards his first title bout.
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Earlier the Korakuen Hall fight fans were able to see the Japanese award winners for June, well 2 of them, at an award ceremony which took part during 's Diamond Glove event.
One of those fighters was the unbeaten Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人], who took the Fight Spirit award for the month. He began the month by blasting out Filipino foe Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-7-1, 4) in impressive fashion, with Cuerdo being a late replacement opponent for Nakatani after original opponent Wolf Nakano was forced out with an injury. Nakatani, who will return to the ring in against former world champion Milan Melindo (37-4, 13), stated he was honoured to receive the prize and seemed pretty excited about his upcoming bout against Melindo.
Nakatani was joined by Suzumi Takayama (2-0, 2) [高山涼深], who impressed near the end of June with a blow out win against Korean foe In Soo Jang (5-2-1) [장인수]. His next bout hasn't been announced, but it does seem like he's aware of when and where it will be, with hints that it has been agreed, potentially for early as part of a bigger Watanabe card. He clearly has ambitions and stated he wasn't satisfied with the award, and stated he is aiming for the top.
Sadly the MVP for the month, Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁], was unable to attend due to suffering an injury recently, an injury that has forced a bout he had been scheduled for, to be cancelled. We're hoping that he can have a speedy recovery.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Assocation announced their latest monthly award winners, the winners for the month of July. It was an interesting month on the Japanese scene and every award really did have multiple fighters were in the running, for one of the best months of the year.
The MVP for the month was OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (8-0-1, 3) [三代大訓] with an 8 round win over former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-5-1, 11) [竹中 良]. The talented Mishiro was forced to work hard early on, but turned it on in the middle rounds before breaking down his challenger and notching one of his career best wins. This was his second MVP award of the year, following his win in March, and it's clear that he is being given the right bouts to prepare for big contests down the line.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by the newly crowned Japanese Bantamweight champion Yusuke Suzuki (11-3, 7) [鈴木悠介], pictured, who was forced to wait for his shot, but made the most of it, beating Yuta Saito (12-10-3, 9) [齊藤裕太] in a violent, barn burner. Suzuki, who was badly swollen at the final bell, deserved the win, and sadly Saito would go on to confirm he was retiring, ending an incredibly fun and under-rated career. This was a huge win for Suzuki and the performance showed real fighting spirit, fighting through some severe facial damage.
The Newcomer award was claimed by Ohashi Gym's rising Light Welterweight hopeful Andy Hiraoka (14-0, 9) [平岡アンディ], who stepped up and beat former world title challenger Akihiro Kondo (31-9-1, 18) [近藤 明広] with a wide 10 round decision. This was a real test for the athletically gifted Hiraoka, who showed poise, calmness and skills in what was a statement win. Although Hiraoka can't currently face stablemate Koki Inoue for the Japanese title it does seem likely that he will get a title shot, perhaps at regional level, relatively soon and this was great preparation for the longer distances, and for adapting when he can't blow an opponent away.
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