Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans were given the rare chance to see a double award ceremony, with the award winners of the monthly awards for December and January both being recognised.
The December award winners were Satoshi Shimizu (8-0, 8) [清水 聡], who won the MVP award, Valentine Hosokawa (24-6-3, 11) [細川バレンタイン], who took the fighting spirit award and Taku Kuwahara (3-0, 2) [桑原拓], who was the Newcomer of the Month.
At today's ceremony Shimizu, who has now won the MVP award 3 times, spoke about being pleased at winning the award numerous times and seemed to suggest that he was on the verge of a big fight. It's known that he is eyeing a world title fight, or a world title eliminator, and rumours are suggesting that he may end up with something big in April or May.
The January award winners were Norihito Tanaka (18-7, 10) [田中教仁], who won the the MVP award, Ryoichi Tamura (12-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一], who was the Fighting Spirit award winner, and Naoto Fujimoto (11-9-1, 5) [藤本直人], the New Comer. Tanaka notable shared his thanks to the fans, and admitted that he thought his career would lack the spotlight of winning a title, though now has both a Japanese title and the MVP award.
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Earlier today the Japanese award winners for January were named, and all 3 winners came from the January 12th Korakune Hall show which was shown on Boxingraise.
The MVP for the month was the newly crowned Japanese Minimumweight champion Norihito Tanaka (18-7, 10) [田中教仁], who stopped Shin Ono (23-10-3, 6) [小野 心] in 8 rounds to become the new champion. The rugged veteran, who had previously come up short in bouts for the JBC and OPBF titles, really did look fantastic here, and made it very easy to forget that he was a 33 year old Minimumweight. It's going to be interesting to see what he does in his first defense, with the domestic scene being a really interesting one right now, but few can complain about him being the MVP.
The Fighting Spirit award was also won by a new champion, with JB Sport Gym warrior Ryoichi Tamura (12-3-1, 6) [田村 亮一] claiming the award for his Japanese Super Bantamweight title win over Mugicha Nakagawa (24-6-1, 14) [武田勇太]. The performance from Tamura was all fighting spirit, marching forward, bringing insane amounts of pressure and work rate, and never allowing Nakagawa to create space. It was a brutally wonderful performance from the tough Tamura.
The Newcomer Award was the strangest of the choices, with Naoto Fujimoto (11-9-1, 5) [藤本直人] take it for his win over charismatic veteran Ken Achiwa (11-15-5, 4) [阿知和賢].
The fighters will be recognised for their achievements in the award ceremony on February 14th at the "Diamond Glove" show which is being held at the Korakuen Hall.
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