The MVP for the month was the newly crowned Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (15-5, 12) [源大輝] who claimed the award courtesy of his recent win over Takenori Ohashi (15-5-2, 10) [大橋健典], in what was an outstanding performance. The talented Minamoto dominated Ohashi en-route to a 7th round TKO to claim the Featherweight title and really show his talent.
The fighting Spirit Award was won by OPBF Minimumweight champion Tsubasa Koura (13-0, 9) [小浦 翼], who had to pull himself off the canvas to stop Norihito Tanaka (16-7, 9) [田中教仁], and retain his title. The battle was a tough one for Koura but one that forced him to show there was a lot of strings to his bow and prove himself as a real contender. It's expected that Koura will move on to a world title fight shortly, and this win certainly forced him to prove himself in a real gut check.
The Newcomer award for the month was won by Ikuro Sadatsune (8-2-3, 2) [定常育郎], who scored a notable upset win against Tatsuya Takahashi (28-8-5, 20) [高橋竜也]. Sadatsune came of age as claimed a majority deciison over the former Japanese title challenger, and whilst he won't be looking at national title fights he could be in the mix for a Youth title fight in the near future.
The fighters will be honoured on June 14th at the "Diamond Glove" card at the Korakuen Hall.
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