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]
(Image courtesy of Boxingnews.jp)
Earlier today we reported that Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] had won a couple of awards at the Japanese Boxing Award, taking the MVP and KO awards. It was however a bit of a family affair for the Inoue's with Naoya being just 1 of the 3 award winning men in his family.
Younger brother Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] was one of the many fighters awarded the outstanding fighter award, given to fighters who held a world title during the year also including Naoya, whilst their father, Shingo Inoue [井上真吾] took the Trainer of the year award.
The Inoue's dominance of the Award Ceremony was hard to ignore and it does seem like we're going to see a lot more of the trio in future award ceremony's possibly with Koki Inoue (12-0, 10) [浩樹井上] being involved in the awards next year as well.
Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fans saw trainer Shingo Inoue being honoured for his achievements in 2014 as he was officially given the Eddie Townsend award.
The award, named after the great Eddie Townsend who helped create several Japanese champions, is given to the best trainer in Japan over the previous year and it's fair to say no one would be arguing with Mr Inoue being a deserving winner.
Mr Inoue is the trainer and father of two current stars of Japanese boxing. The oldest of those fighters is young prodigy and current WBO Super Flyweight world champion Naoya Inoue (8-0, 6) who was probably the 2014 fighter of the year whilst the younger of the two fighters trained by Mr Inoue is the world ranked Takuma Inoue (4-0, 1). Between those two men they went 6-0 (4) for the year, with a world title record of 3-0 (3) an incredible achievement by both the trainer and the fighters.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp with Mr Inoue in the centre flanked by his sons)
Earlier today it was announced that Shingo Inoue, the father of both Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6) and Takuma Inoue (3-0, 1) had won the announce Eddie Townsend award.
The award, given the trainer regarded as the best in Japan for the year, is a huge honour to win and and a deserved triumph for Mr Inoue who has been instrumental in leading the charge of his two sons who have risen through the ranks at an incredible pace.
Mr Inoue was in Naoya's corner when the “Monster” won the WBC Light Flyweight title in just his 6th professional contest and will also be there when Naoya attempts to become a 2-weight world champion at the end of the year. Likewise he has also taken his younger son, teenager Takuma, to a world ranking courtesy of a notable win over Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr and will be there in Takuma's corner on December 30th when he battles against former world title challenger Nestor Daniel Narvaes.
No date has been set for Mr Inoue to be award the physical award though it's expected to happen in January at the Korakuen Hall and we would like to say it's a very well earned honour. Hopefully this won't be the only recognition Mr Inoue gets for his work in 2014 and in all honesty it's a shock he's not being listed on international lists for trainer of the year.
(Image of the Inoue clan courtesy of boxingnews.jp, Takuma, Naoya and Shingo in the centre)
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