Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced the award winners for the month of June, with 3 fighters winning award.
The highest honour, the MVP award, was won by Japanese Minimumweight champion Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁]. The veteran managed to record his first defense, when he took a clear decision over Naoya Haruguchi (15-11, 6) [春口直也], and took his second MVP award of the year, after picking up the honour for his title winning performance against Shin Ono in January.
The fighting spirit award was won by fast rising hopeful Junto Nakatani (19-0, 14) [中谷 潤人], who began the month by blasting out Filipino foe Philip Luis Cuerdo (11-7-1, 4). The excellent Nakatani is heading on to big things and whilst a blow out against Cuerdo was somewhat expected the future is incredibly bright for the unbeaten Japanese youngster who will likely get a big bout before the end of 2019.
The Newcomer award was won by the very talented Suzumi Takayama (2-0, 2) [高山涼深], who impressed near the end of the month with a blow out win against Korean foe In Soo Jang (5-2-1) [장인수]. It's now expected that Takayama will take a big step up in class, and he's now got himself an A Class license.
The fighters will be able to accept their awards at a ceremony on August 8th at Korakuen Hall, as part of the Diamond Glove card that same day.
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Earlier today we saw the names of the East Japan Boxing Association award winners for May being announced, with 3 winners being announced.
The MVP of the month is OPBF Bantamweight champion Keita Kurihara (14-5, 12) [栗原 慶太], who needed just 35 seconds to blow away Warlito Parrenas (26-10-1, 23) and retain his regional title. This was an incredible performance from Kurihara and really did create a lot of buzz about the young puncher.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by the newly crowned Japanese Light Middleweight champion Hironobu Matsunaga (15-1, 9) [松永 宏信], who shocked Nobuyuki Shindo (20-5-2, 8) [新藤寛之] to claim the belt. This was a huge win for Matsunaga who has now won 9 in a row and really bounced back excellently from his Rookie of the Year loss to Yuki Beppu back in 2014.
The Newcomer Award was won by Masafumi Ando (6-8-2, 3) [安藤暢文], who shocked the Japanese boxing scene when he stopped former Japanese Welterweight champion Toshio Arikawa (15-7, 13) [有川 稔男], in what was a massive upset on the domestic scene.
The fighters will be able to attend a special ceremony on July 12th at the Korakuen Hall to receive their awards.
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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall the fans were able to see the award ceremony for the East Japan Boxing Association award winners for March.
The award winners, who were announced back on April 8th, were OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓], who was the MVP, Shuji Kato (10-1-2, 6) [加藤収二], the Fighting Spirit award winner, and OPBF and JBC Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (3-0) [松田恵里], who was the "New Comer" award winner.
At today's ceremony the 3 fighters all spoke to the fans in attendance.
Mishiro revealed that it was a special award for him, and not something he expected, especially given he's only been a professional for around 2 years. He then added "I will continue to work hard and practice, and I will return to here as an MVP, defeating strong opponents".
Kato, who will get a second shot at Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0-1, 10) [竹迫司登] on August 3rd following their draw in March, sounded determined to take the Japanese title later in the year, "I will do my best to win this time and to receive such an award again."
Interestingly Matsuda actually broke some news with her comments and revealed "the defense fight is scheduled for September", with the champion expected to defend her OPBF and JBC titles before moving onto a world title fight.
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Earlier today the Award Winners for the 2019 Champion Carnival were announced, with 4 fighters taking awards, in what was the 40th Champion Carnival.
The MVP was the newly crowned Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) [永野祐樹], who claimed the title on April 21st, when he stopped Ryota Yada (18-5, 15) [矢田良太] in 7 rounds in Osaka. His performance, away from home, was brilliant and saw him extending his current winning run to 14 bouts, with this clearly being his biggest and best win so far.
The Skills Award was won by Shuichiro Yoshino (10-0, 8) [吉野 修一郎], who recorded his 4th defense of the Japanese Lightweight title by stopping Accel Sumiyoshi (11-5-3, 3) [アクセル住吉] in 7 rounds. Yoshino really did impress and it's clear he is well beyond Japanese title level, so hopefully he'll look to push on, and pursue bigger and better titles in the very near future.
The Fighting Spirit Award was won by Japanese Bantamweight champion Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太], who stopped interim champion Hayato Kimura (28-11, 19) [木村隼人] to unify the two titles. Saito, who had had to cancel a previous bout due to illness, looked like a man possessed in the end and broke down the brave but over-powered Kimura.
The fourth award was the Special Award and that was won by veteran Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 11) [田中教仁], who stopped Shin Ono (23-11-3, 6) [小野 心] to become the new Japanese Minimumweight champion. Tanaka managed to break down Ono in 8 rounds to score his career defining win at the age of 33, and is scheduled to defend his title in June against Naoya Haruguchi.
These awards aren't just ceremonial but also financial with the winners all receiving an impressive financial bonus.
The award ceremony hasn't yet been given a date, though that is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
(We've included footage of the fights involving Nagano and Yoshino, the other two bouts are only available through the Boxing Raise service)
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans got the chance to see the award ceremony for February's award winners.
The MVP for the month was veteran fighter Kenichi Horikawa (39-15-1, 13) [堀川 謙一], who became a 2-time Japanese Light Flyweight champion when he stopped Satoru Todaka (9-3-4, 3) [戸髙達] on February 14th. The veteran, who for years was seen as a nearly man, will make his first defense in May and seemed really happy to be at the Korakuen Hall today.
The Fighting Spirit Award was claimed by Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (18-0, 13) [中谷 潤人], who won his title on February 2nd, when he stopped Naoki Mochizuki (15-4, 8) [望月直樹] and took both the title and his award. He spoke about returning to one of these ceremony's in the future as the MVP. That could in just a few months time, with the youngster set to defend his title on June 1st, in what will be his first defense.
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