Earlier today the Japanese Boxing Federation (JBF) who look after Japanese amateur boxing, announced their award winners for last year, ahead o the award ceremony later this month.
Unsurprisingly the MVP for the year was the fantastic Hayato Tsutsumi [堤駿斗], who impressed for a second year running. The teenager looks like a nailed on star of the future, and had a 2017 to remember as he shone on both the international and domestic scenes. Although still some time off turning professional he will have every major promoter in Japan interested in snapping him up as soon as they can.
The Outstanding fighter award was shared 3 ways, with Arashi Morisaka [森坂嵐], Issei Aramoto [荒本一成] and Taiga Imanaga [今永虎雅] all being awarded the honour.
Another shared honour was the Skill Award, with Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明], the older brother of Kosei Tanaka, and Ryusei Baba [馬場龍成] both winning here. The Fighting Spirit Award was won by the pairing of Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介] and Ryutaro Nakagaki [中垣龍汰朗], the Effort award by Tomoya Tsuboi [坪井智也 whilst the new-come award was shared between 4 young fighters, including another fighter from the Tanaka clan.
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Last week we reported on the Japanese boxing awards, awarded to the professional Japanese fighters. Today sees news of the Japanese Amateur boxing awards, and the big story of the day is that youngster Hayato Tsutsumi [堤駿斗] has been awarded the MVP award, despite only being a high school student, being the high school boxing to claim the MVP award.
In 2016 the 17 year old had a massive year, winning gold at both the the Asian Youth Championships and the AIBA Youth World Championships as well the national High School championships. Although they may have been at Youth level there was little to argue with his achievements and it's fair to say that if Tsutsumi looks to turn professional before Tokyo 2020 his signature will be one that all the major promoters will be after.
Other awards were won by Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介] and Arashi Morisaka [森坂嵐], who shared the Excellent Fighter award, the Skills Award was won by Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明], the Fighting award was won by Yusuke Yamauchi [山内祐季] whilst the Effort and Newcomers awards were both shared.
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Sunday saw the Japanese Boxing Federation (JBF), who are in charge of amateur boxing in Japan, honour their top fighters with an awards ceremony based on the past year's achievements.
Among those honoured was stand out Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明], who was awarded the MVP award following his gold medal at the Rio Olympic test event last year.
The fighter, the brother of WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3) [田中 恒成], said that he was hoping to got through the upcoming qualification event for the Olympics and is eyeing up a medal at Rio later this year.
Tanaka wasn't the only 2016 Olympic hopeful being given an award with the talented Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介] also picking an honour, and also sounding positive about the upcoming Olympic qualification event. He's also confident of getting through to the Olympics and appears to be riding a high right now following a great run of results, including a recent win over Satoshi Shimizu [清水 聡] .
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Earlier today the Japanese Boxing Federation (JBF) announced their award winners for 2015.
The JBF, which governs amateur boxing in Japan, saw an unsurprising MVP award being won by the excellent Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明] who claimed a gold medal at the Rio Olympic test event last year. The fighter, the brother of WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3) [田中 恒成], really had a stand out year and is seen by some as a genuine medal contender come the Rio Olympics later this year.
Whilst we won't go through all the ward winners we would like to make a note of some of the other award winners including Middleweight Ren Umemura [梅村 錬] who won the "Effort Award" to top off a great 2015, whilst the fantastic Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介] won the "Fighting Spirit Award".
The award ceremony will be on February 14th in Osaka.
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In December we saw Japanese youngster Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明] claim a gold medal at the Rio test event. This past weekend Ryomei's team held a celebration event which was attended by more than 150 guests, including WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3) [田中 恒成], Ryomei's brother.
The event also saw Ryomei celebrating the fact that he'll be put forward, unsurprisingly, to be Japan's representative at the Asian qualifiers later in the year.
That qualifying event will be held in China, in March and will be the final opportunity for Asian fighters to earn their chance to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics. It will of course be full of talent and whilst Ryomei may be one of the favourites to qualify he certainly won't be the only man confident of earning a spot for the Rio games.
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