Over the last couple of hours we have looked at some individual award winners at today's Japanese boxing awards, held in the amazing Tokyo Dome Hotel. For those who just want to see the winners in a list here we go:
The MVP was:
Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥]
The Skills Award was won by:
Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成]
The KO Award was won by:
Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥]
Special Award was won by:
Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪]
The Effort Award was won by:
Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0, 12) [中谷正義]
The Newcomer Award was won by:
Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登]
The Best World title Fight:
Sho Kimura [木村翔] Vs Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成]
The Best Japanese Domestic fight:
Yusaku Kuga [久我勇作] Vs Shingo Wake [和氣 慎吾]
Female fighter of the year was:
Tenkai Tsunami (26-12, 15) [天海 ツナミ]
Female Fight of the Year was:
Kayoko Ebata [江畑佳代子] Vs Etsuko Tada [多田悦子]
Trainer of the Year was:
Shingo Inoue [井上真吾]
A Special Achievement Award was won by:
Shinsuke Yamanaka [山中慎介]
Special Prizes were given to:
Toshiyuki Igarashi [五十嵐 俊幸]
Naoko Shibata [柴田 直子]
Nana Yoshikawa [好川 菜々]
Ryuya Yamanaka [山中 竜也]
And Momo Koseki [小関 桃]
A social Contribution prize was given too:
Naoko Fujioka (17-2, 7) [藤岡 奈穂子]
JBC Service Achievements were won by
Akira Tabata, who has served as a timekeeper, and Hiroyuki Tokuzaki, a referee who sadly passed away in October.
Several other officials earned awards for their roles in the sport as well, as did Atsushi Sato, a producer at WOWOW.
It's also worth noting that every male fighter who held a world title at some point during the year won an Outstanding Fighter Award, this is a normal thing to recognise all champions. We won't list them all here though they obviously included Kenshiro [拳四朗] and Hiroto Kyoguchi [京口 紘人] among others.
As for amateur awards, the best male fighter was:
Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介]
and the best female fighter was:
Tsukimi Namiki [並木月海]
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Earlier today the Japanese Boxing Awards honoured a number of fighters and fights. One of the Fights that was honoured was the WBO female Minimumweight title bout between Kayoko Ebata (12-8, 6) [江畑佳代子] and Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) [多田悦子].
The bout, which was held on December 1st and shown on demand on Boxingraise, won the Best female Fight award, and saw the two women take the stage together.
At the even Tada revealed a rather embarrassing fact. She had failed to bring the WBO title with her to the event, having left it on the train on her way to the award ceremony. The revelation caused an uproar of laughter at the Tokyo Dome Hotel.
This could have ended up a very costly mistake, given the price of the belts, but whilst at the awards she was informed it had been safely recovered by the rail staff.
Despite losing the WBO title, albeit only momentarily, Tada does have eyes on more silverware and again revealed she is hunting a WBC title as she wants to win all 4 titles during her career, having previously held the IBF and WBA belts.
(Image courtesy of Nikkan Sports)
Reliable sources in Japan have informed us that Shinsei Gym are targeting a stacked card for April 27th, with details for the show still being kept relatively quiet.
Today it was announced that Kasumi Saeki (3-0, 2) [佐伯霞], who claimed the WBO Asia Pacific female Minimumweight title last year, would be on the show in a world title bout, against a yet to be named opponent. It's since been rumoured that the show will also feature Reiya Konishi's (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥] long speculated bout with IBF Light Flyweight champion Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30).
Konishi Vs Alvarado, has been in talks for a while, as the IBF mandatory title fight at 108lbs. Alvarado has made it known that he is expecting the bout to take place in Japan, before a return in the summer to unify with WBO champion Angel Acosta (19-1, 19). That however is not a given, and Konishi is no push over, having given Carlos Canizales a much tougher bout than most. It will be an action packed bout, given the styles of the two men, and could end up be a fight of the year contender.
The bout had long been rumoured for "March or April" and it would appear to make sense to have it on this card, which could also feature the ring return of Shun Kubo (13-1, 9) [久保隼], who has been out of the ring since April 28th 2018, when he beat Hiroshige Osawa. Kubo was unfortunately forced to pull out of a December bout, but will eager to get back in the ring.
Another expected to be on this card is WBO female Minimumweight champion Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) [多田悦子], though as a stablemate of Saeki she won't be defending her about against the unbeaten upstart.
More details on this show are expected to be revealed shortly, but it does appear almost certain to be a stacked card.
On January 10th the JBC, along with members of the Tokyo Boxing Press, announced the nominations for the 2018 Japanese boxing awards.
The highest award is the Best Fighter, or MVP, award. The nominations for this award are:
Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] - The current WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion
Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成] - The current WBO Flyweight champion
Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗] - The current WBC Flyweight champion
and Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] - The current WBO Super Featherweight champion
The Skills Award again includes Kenshiro and Tanaka but also:
Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] - The current WBC "interim" Super Bantamweight champion
Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9) [京口 紘人] - The current WBC Light Flyweight champion
and Jorge Linares (45-4, 28)
The Special award sees Ito and Tanaka being nominated
The KO award see's Naoya Inoue being joined by:
Satoshi Shimizu (8-0, 8) [清水 聡] - The current OPBF Featherweight champion
and Kazuto Takesako (10-0, 10) [竹迫司登] - The current Japanese Middleweight champion
The Newcomer award has seen a nice number of candidates, the nominees here are, Takesako along with:
Tsubasa Koura (14-0, 9) [小浦 翼] - The current OPBF Minimumweight champion
Hiroaki Teshigawara (18-2-2, 11) [勅使河原 弘晶] - The current OPBF Super Bantamweight champion
Shuichiro Yoshino (9-0, 7) [吉野 修一郎] - The current Japanese Lightweight champion
Ryota Yada (18-4, 15) [矢田良太] - The current Japanese Welterweight champion
The "strive", which appears to be an achievement type of award, has seen the following nominations:
Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0, 12) [中谷正義] - The current OPBF Lightweight champion
Valentine Hosokawa (24-6-3, 11) [細川バレンタイン] - The current Japanese Light Welterweight champion
Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之] - The former Japanese Flyweight champion
and Tetsuya Hisada (33-9-2, 19) [久田 哲也] - The former Japanese Light Flyweight champion
The best fight, at world level has seen 3 bouts being nominated:
Sho Kimura [木村翔] Vs Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成] - WBO Flyweight title fight
Jorge Linares Vs Vasyl Lomachneko - WBA "super" Lightweight title fight
and Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥] Vs Juan Carlos Payano - WBA "Regular" Bantamweight title fight
The best fight that wasn't at world level has 4 nominations:
Yusaku Kuga [久我勇作] Vs Shingo Wake [和氣 慎吾] - Japanese Super Bantamweight title fight
Valentine Hosokawa [細川バレンタイン] Vs Vladimir Baez - Japanese Light Welterweight title fight
Hironori Mishiro [三代大訓] Vs Masaru Sueyoshi [末吉 大] - OPBF / JBA Super Featherweight unification bout
Hikaru Nishida [西田 光] vs Kazuto Takesako [竹迫司登] - Japanese Middleweight title fight
The female Fighter of the Year nominations are:
Tenkai Tsunami (26-12, 15) [天海 ツナミ] - The current WBO female Light Welterweight champion
Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) [多田悦子] - The current WBO female Minimumweight champion
Naoko Fujioka (18-2, 7) [藤岡 奈穂子] - The current WBA female Flyweight champion
The female Fight of the Year nominations were:
Tenkai Tsunami [天海 ツナミ] Vs Chaoz Minowa [チャオズ箕輪]- WBO female Light Flyweight title fight
Nao Ikeyama [池山直] Vs Mika Iwakawa [岩川美花] - WBO Atomweight title fight
Naoko Fujioka [藤岡 奈穂子] Vs Irma Sanchez - WBA female Flyweight title fight
Kayoko Ebata [江畑佳代子] Vs Etsuko Tada [多田悦子] - WBO female Minimumweight title fight
Voting will take place in January with the winners being awarded at a ceremony on February 8th.
Earlier today the Shinsei Gym took part in their annual prayer at the Minatogawa Shrine in Kobe city.
The group included not only gym chairman Masato Yamashita but also a number of the gym's fighters and background team.
Among those who attended were Etsuko Tada (18-3-2, 5) [多田悦子], the current WBO female Minimumweight champion, and former world title challenger Reiya Konishi (17-1, 7) [小西伶弥].
Tada stated that she was looking to claim her 4th world title in 2019, having held WBA, IBF and WBO female Minimumweight titles during her career. Konishi, the current WBO Light Flyweight champion, stated that he was going to win a world title this year.
At the moment Shinsei haven't announced their first show officially, but the rumour is that it will come in Spring, in Kobe, and see Konishi challenge IBF world champion Felix Alvarado (34-2, 30), possibly with Tada defending her belt on the same show.
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