The MVP for the month was Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (7-0, 5) [吉野修一郎], who successfully defended his title on February 8th against mandatory challenger Masaki Saito (14-13-6, 5) [斉藤正樹]. The champion, making his first defense, stopped Saito in the first round in what was a very impressive display.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by Hayato Kimura (27-10, 18) [木村 隼人所属], who stopped Kenya Yamashita (12-4, 9) [山下賢哉] in a barn burner on February 26th. The experienced Kimura out lasted Yamashita and stopped him in the 7th round of the contest to put himself straight back into the title mix, and potentially get himself a title fight later this year.
The Newcomer Award was won by Naoya Okamoto (13-6-1, 6) [岡本直也], who took a majority decision win against Yuta Saito (10-9-3, 7) [齊藤裕太] on February 26th.
The three men will be given their awards at a ceremony on April 12th at the Korakuen Hall.
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