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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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.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced their monthly award winners for December 2018.
The MVP for the month was OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (8-0, 8) [清水 聡], who stopped Takuya Uehara (16-1, 10) [上原 拓哉] in 3 rounds to record his 4th defense. The unbeaten 2012 Olympic Bronze medal winner is now a 2-time MVP and is expected to challenge for a world title in 2019.
The Fighting Spirit award winner was Japanese Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa (24-6-3, 11) [細川バレンタイン], who retained his title with an opening round win over Takashi Inagaki (20-12-2, 9) [稲垣孝].
The Newcomer Award was won by Shimizu's stablemate at the Ohashi gym, Taku Kuwahara (3-0, 2) [桑原拓] following his excellent win over Takamori Kiyama (2-1, 2) [木山鷹守], which really showed how good not only Kuwahara is but also Kiyama.
The 3 winners will be honoured at a ceremony on February 14th at the Korakuen Hall, as part of the Diamond Glove show.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans saw OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (8-0, 8) [清水 聡] record his 4th defense of the regional title, as he stopped the previously unbeaten Takuya Uehara (16-1, 10) [上原 拓哉] in 3 rounds.
To begin with both looked to control range, with Shimizu getting on the front foot and looking to use his jab, whilst Uehara relied on his foot work, looking to time Shimizu for right hooks.
Sadly for Uehara he couldn't take the power of Shimizu, and was dropped 3 times in round 2, showing incredible determination to get up each time. Sadly for Uehara he never really recovered from the damage, and he was dropped again midway through round 3, forcing the stoppage.
After the bout Shimizu suggested it was the best he's performed since turning professional, and his promoter Hideyuki Ohashi seemed to suggest they were going to chase a world title fight in 2019. It's going to be hard to win a belt at world level, but it's obvious that Shimizu is far above OPBF title level, and he's clearly determined to challenge for a world title.
It seemed like Uehara knew he had been thrown to the proverbial wolves here, but will obviously learn from the experience and look to improve. He's young, naturally talented and with the right training and development he could go a long way. Sadly though he will need his team to match him well to develop the tools needed to succeed.
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Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall fight fans will get the chance to see OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (7-0, 7) [清水 聡] defending his title against unbeaten youngster Takuya Uehara (16-0, 10) [上原 拓哉].
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both fighters made the 126lb Featherweight limit, dead on.
At the weigh in Shimizu revealed that he had made weight easier than ever due to a change in his training and that he was surprised by the fact Uehara matched him for height, explaining that only one fighter during his amateur time had been taller than himself. Despite the similarities in terms of stature Shimizu stated that he was going to fight his fight, and not be concerned about Uehara's height and reach.
Uehara, who is stepping up massively for this bout, stated that he had a lot of respect for Shimizu from the champion's days as an amateur, which saw him win a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. Despite the respect he stated he was going to do his best, and seemed like he had worked hard to prepare for the tough task of facing the hard hitting champion.
Related - Olympic hero Shimizu takes on Uehara in next OPBF title defense!
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