Earlier today the Japanese award winners for March were named, with the normal 3 awards being won for the month.
The MVP was won by OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓], who successfully defended his title against Takuya Watanabe (35-9-1, 20) [渡邉卓也] to earn the award. The talented Mishiro was forced to fight hard, but was the clear winner against Watanabe, who was game, but out classed and out sped.
The fighting spirit award was won by Shuji Kato (10-1-2, 6) [加藤収二], who earned the award with his draw against Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (10-0-1, 10) [竹迫司登]. Despite failing to win Kato showed a lot to be excited about, and we're really looking forward to seeing his next bout. A well worthy winner for this award!
The new comer award was won by OPBF and JBC Atomweight champion Eri Matsuda (3-0) [松田恵里] following her decision win over Nanae Suzuki (8-3-1, 1) [鈴木 菜々江], in their unification bout.
The fighters will receive their awards on May 15th at the Korakuen Hall.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall saw OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] make his second defense, defeating veteran Takuya Watanabe (35-9-1, 20) [渡邉卓也] in a compelling 12 round affair.
The bout, promised a lot on paper and genuinely delivered in what was a technical, tactical, highly skilled fight. Both looked to make use of their jab early on, with Watanabe having the slightly heavy jab, whilst Mishiro's was the sharper one. There was little to split the men in the early stages and after 4 rounds the judges had the bout 38-38, 39-37 and a rather harsh 40-36, giving Mishiro the majority lead when the scores were announced for the first time.
Knowing he was behind Watanabe looked to change the tempo in the middle rounds, but Mishiro went with him and refused to be out worked by the older man. This lead to him extending his lead when the scores were announced after 8 rounds, with scores of 78-74, twice, and 77-75 in favour of the champion.
Knowing he had had to do everything in the final stages Watnabe tried to work the body and break down Mishiro, who held his own, showing that even with his novice level of experience he can go 12 rounds with no problems and in fact he was the one finishing hard with a big attack in the final seconds.
At the end off the bout the open scoring had made it clear that Mishiro was going to win, and he did so with scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111, but he had to work hard for it and Watanabe again proved he was no push over, despite now having 9 losses to his name.
For fans wanting to watch this, it was shown live over Boxing Raise, and will be added to their Video on Demand section in the near future.
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Tomorrow fight fans around the world, as well as those at the Korakuen Hall, will be able to see a potentially brilliant fight, as OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (6-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] defends his belt against Takuya Watanabe (35-8-1, 20) [渡邉卓也], in the main event of Dangan 221.
The bout, which will be streamed on Boxing Raise, will be Mishiro's second defense, and Watanabe's first bout in Japan since December 2016.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both men made weight.
The more experienced Watanabe was bang on the limit, and looked in great condition, as he always does. Mishiro, who also looked tremendous, was a touch lighter than the challenger.
At the weigh in both spoke confidently and it seems like they are just as excited for the bout as we are. The styles and mentalities of the two should make for some excellent action and we may be in for a bit of a hidden gem here.
Related - Mishiro and Watanabe to battle for OPBF crown!
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Back in January we reported that OPBF champion Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (6-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] would defending his title on March 27th against Takuya Watanabe (35-8-1, 20) [渡邉卓也], in the main event of Dangan 221.
Today we can reveal some notable details for that under-card
In what appears to be the main suport bout Kyosuke Sawada (12-2-1, 6) [澤田京介] will face Keita Nakano (15-13-6, 5) [中野敬太], in what will be a rematch between two men. They fought to a draw back in 2016, which came bang in the middle of a weird run of 3 straight draws for Nakano. Since their first bout Sawada has won 8 in a row whilst Nakano has gone 2-1-3.
Another supporting bout will see Hayate Kaji (11-0, 9) [梶颯] look to kick off his 2019. His opponent hasn't yet been announced, but there is hope that it will be someone more testing than than Sahaphap Bunop and Kichang Kim, who were his last 2 opponents..
At the moment the other bouts on this card haven't been widely announced, but this is an exceptional main event and something to be very excited about.
For fans who haven't seen the men in action we've included footage of both. Please note Watanabe's bout with Lee is a total blood bath!
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