Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fans were able to see the award ceremony for the East Japan Boxing Association award winners for April.
The MVP award was won by Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (10-0, 8) [吉野 修一郎], following his win over mandatory challenger Accel Sumiyoshi (11-5-3, 3) [アクセル住吉]. At the event he spoke about becoming a loved fighter, like Guts Ishimatsu, and it sounds like he has big plans for the near future. It's worth noting that he has spoken about stepping up in levels and fingers crossed that happens next.
The Fighting Spirit award winner was Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太], who made his first defense by stopping "interim" champion Hayato Kimura (28-11, 19) [木村隼人]. Saito spoke about wanting to beat Yusuke Suzuki (10-3, 7) [鈴木悠介], in another mandatory defense, in July and stated that he wants to win an MVP award.
The New Comer award was won by Kanehiro Nakagawa (7-6, 4) [中川兼玄], following his huge win over former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Seiichi Okada (22-7-1, 13) [岡田誠一]. Like Saito he stated he was wanting to win an MVP award in the future, and for a man who was relatively unknown before his win over Okada he looked really relaxed and fingers crossed he can build on that win going forward.
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Earlier today the Award Winners for the 2019 Champion Carnival were announced, with 4 fighters taking awards, in what was the 40th Champion Carnival.
The MVP was the newly crowned Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) [永野祐樹], who claimed the title on April 21st, when he stopped Ryota Yada (18-5, 15) [矢田良太] in 7 rounds in Osaka. His performance, away from home, was brilliant and saw him extending his current winning run to 14 bouts, with this clearly being his biggest and best win so far.
The Skills Award was won by Shuichiro Yoshino (10-0, 8) [吉野 修一郎], who recorded his 4th defense of the Japanese Lightweight title by stopping Accel Sumiyoshi (11-5-3, 3) [アクセル住吉] in 7 rounds. Yoshino really did impress and it's clear he is well beyond Japanese title level, so hopefully he'll look to push on, and pursue bigger and better titles in the very near future.
The Fighting Spirit Award was won by Japanese Bantamweight champion Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太], who stopped interim champion Hayato Kimura (28-11, 19) [木村隼人] to unify the two titles. Saito, who had had to cancel a previous bout due to illness, looked like a man possessed in the end and broke down the brave but over-powered Kimura.
The fourth award was the Special Award and that was won by veteran Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 11) [田中教仁], who stopped Shin Ono (23-11-3, 6) [小野 心] to become the new Japanese Minimumweight champion. Tanaka managed to break down Ono in 8 rounds to score his career defining win at the age of 33, and is scheduled to defend his title in June against Naoya Haruguchi.
These awards aren't just ceremonial but also financial with the winners all receiving an impressive financial bonus.
The award ceremony hasn't yet been given a date, though that is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
(We've included footage of the fights involving Nagano and Yoshino, the other two bouts are only available through the Boxing Raise service)
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced their latest award winners, with 3 winners being selected for the month of April.
The MVP for the month was Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (10-0, 8) [吉野 修一郎]. The unbeaten 135lbs fighter from the Misako gym impressed with a stoppage win over Accel Sumiyoshi (11-5-3, 3) [アクセル住吉], and is now looking towards bigger and better tests.
The Fight Spirit award was won by Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太], who stopped Hayato Kimura (28-11, 19) [木村隼人] to unify the JBC Regular and Interim Bantamweight titles. Saito was returning to the ring for the first time since being diagnosed with a medical issue. His win here was impressive and really did show what is meant by Fighting Spirit.
The third award was the New Comer award, which was won by Kanehiro Nakagawa (7-6, 4) [中川兼玄], who took a huge shock win over former Japanese Super Featherweight champion Seiichi Okada (22-7-1, 13) [岡田誠一]. The win certainly puts Nakagawa on the map, and at 23 years old this is the sort of win that can massively boost his career.
The ceremony for the three men will take place on June 13th at the Korakuen Hall.
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Earlier today fight fans at Korakuen Hall saw Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (10-0, 8) [吉野 修一郎] successfully retain his title, making his 4th defense of the belt, and stop the brave but badly over-matched Accel Sumiyoshi (11-5-3, 3) [アクセル住吉] in a mandatory title defense.
Yoshino took his time early, losing the opening round on 2 of the sore cards, whilst taking his time to figure out what Sumiyoshi had to offer. It didn't long, however, for him to find his groove, and realise that Sumiyoshi, a jab aside, had little to threaten the champion.
Yoshino would take over by smartly his feet, getting his jab into play and then begin to use his hard right hand. By the end of round 4 it didn't seem like a case of who win, but how long Sumiyoshi could last. He was begging to be broken up to the body and have his face swollen and cut from the clean shots of Yoshino. Not only was Sumiyoshi getting beaten down but he was also aware, after round 5, that the judges were favouring the champion, with scores of 50-45, 49-46 an 48-47.
To his credit the challenger did try and turn things up a notch, but he really couldn't match the skills, speed and boxing of Yoshino, who left Sumiyoshi's right eye badly swollen. His team could well have pulled him out before the start of round 7, though let him go out on his sword, being stopped after a knockdwn in round 7.
Following the win Yoshino spoke about having a US training camp, potentially fighting outside of Japan and wanting to face the unbeaten OPBF champion Masayoshi Nakatani (18-0, 12) [中谷正義], in what would be a very interesting unification bout.
For fans wanting to watch this one, it will be aired over the weekend on Fuji TV in the Kanto region of Japan.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo will see Shuichiro Yoshino (9-0, 7) [吉野 修一郎] make his 4th defense of the Japanese Lightweight title, facing off with mandatory challenger Accel Sumiyoshi (11-4-3, 3) [アクセル住吉] at Korakuen Hall.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for tomorrows bout, and both fighters made weight for the contest.
On the scales the challenger was bang on the limit, for what will be his second title fight. He seemed confident at the weigh in, though will be seen as a very clear under-dog against the very highly regarded Yoshino, who has looked fantastic in recent bouts.
Yoshino came in under the limit, at 134.7lbs. He also sounded confident and seems to be fully aware that if he wants bigger bouts he must win here, telling reporters "Win this match and aim to step up with OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific throne." [Translated]
For fans wanting to watch this it will be aired on delay, in Saturday night on Fuji TV.
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