The MVP for the month was veteran Valentine Hosokawa (22-6-3, 9) [細川バレンタイン], who claimed the Japanese Light Welterweight title on December 14th, when he out pointed Koichi Aso (22-8-1, 15) [麻生興] in a really entertaining and exciting battle. The win saw Hosokawa claim his first title and he will now be preparing fir his first defense of the belt, which has been pencilled in for May 7th at the Korakuen Hall.
The Fighting Spirit Award was won by Ryuichi Funai (29-7, 20) [船井 龍一], who defended the Japanese Super Flyweight title on December 11th against the out-classed Shota Kawaguchi (21-9-1, 9) [川口勝太]. Since the win, which was Funai's second defense, he has vacated the title and stated he is now hunting regional titles for 2018.
The new comer award was won by the insanely impressive Ryota Yamauchi (2-0, 2) [山内涼太], who stepped upmassively on December 19th and stopped former OPBF title challenger Lester Abutan (12-7-3, 6) in a brilliant performance that really put him on the Japanese boxing map and seemingly helped him get on to the fast track.
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