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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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.
Unbeaten OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0, 12) [中谷正義] successfully made his 11th defense of the title earlier today, as he stopped the hard hitting Hurricane Futa (25-8-1, 15) [中岸風太] and took one more step towards a potential world title fight.
The rangy champion got his jab working really early and dictated the tempo of the fight very early on. Futa, as he typically does, came forward, looking to apply pressure, but he struggled to get close to the champion.
The sharp jab of Nakatani controlled the distance well, though when Futa did come close Nakatani managed to use his uppercut brilliantly. Not only did the jab control the tempo of the bout, but it also cut Futa over both eyes, as Futa's face became target practice for the champion.
The cuts gave Nakatani areas to target, and in round 4 he worsened them, forcing the doctors to inspect the cuts, and stop the bout.
Nakatani and promoter Kazunori Ioka seemed to suggest that a world title fight would be be coming up, with Ioka suggesting a world title fight next year for his charge. Sadly we've heard that sort of thing a few times before so won't believe it until we see it, though we hope to see it rather than Nakatani continue to defend the OPBF title in bouts like this. For Futa he seemed to know he had to start fast, but the reality was that he was always up against it here, against an excellent champion.
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Tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans will be able to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (17-0, 11) [中谷正義] take on Hurricane Futa (25-7-1, 15) [中岸風太], in what will be Nakatani's 11th defense of the title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest.
On the scales the unbeaten Nakatani was 134.7lbs whilst Futa was bang on the divisional limit of 135lbs.
Despite being the lighter man Nakatani towered over his foe and has significant reach advantage. He seemed surprised by how short Futa was, though everyone knew there would be a notable difference in height.
If Nakatani wins here, we're expecting him to begin a long awaited pursuit of a world title fight, something that he really should have done a long time ago if we're being honest.
Related-OPBF king Nakatani battles hard hitting Futa!
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Over the last few weeks we've seen a number of bouts being revealed for an December 9th card at the EDION Arena Osaka, with them pencilled in for a card that hadn't been officially announced but had had bouts leaked out.
The first of those bouts to lead was a contest between former world title challengers, with Japanese based Filipino Warlito Parrenas (26-8-1, 23) battling against Japan's very own Sho Ishida (26-1, 15) [石田 匠]. That was bout was revealed in late October and a few days later we saw WOZ boxing confirm that their star fighter, and former world title challenger, Shohei Omori (19-2, 14) [大森 将平] would be up against fellow puncher Takahiro Yamamoto (21-5, 17) [山本 隆寛], himself a former OPBF Bantamweight champion.
Despite both of those bouts being good ones, it did feel like the show needed one more big fight, a true main event contest if you will. We had assumed that that main event would feature OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (17-0, 11) [中谷正義] but nothing really seemed to develop on that front until yesterday morning, when rumour began to surface that Nakatani would indeed be defending his belt on the show.
The name that was linked to Nakatani was that of the hard hitting and experienced Hurricane Futa (25-7-1, 15) [中岸風太] who has now been confirmed as Nakatani's challenger on the card, which is expected to be officially confirmed over the weekend.
For Nakatani the bout will be his 11th defense, of the title that he won back in January 2014, when he beat Yoshitaka Kato. In recent defenses Nakatani has failed to shine, beating the likes of Tosho Makoto Aoki and Allan Tanada. He was however given a very serious test last time out by Izuki Tomioka.
Futa is a bit known for scoring notable upsets, having scored big surprise wins on the road over Will Tomlinson and Vage Sarukhanyan in recent years. Although is no world beater, but he's heavy handed, tough and confident, and he could well cause Nakatani a really tough test. He is also, surprisingly, getting his second OPBF title bout, after having challenged for the OPBF Super Bantamweight title back in 2007, losing a decision to Thai veteran Wethya Sakmuangklang.
We're expecting a press conference from the Ioka Gym, to officially announce this bout, and the show in general, in the coming days.
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