Yesterday saw the Japanese nominations for the annual awards being announced.
For the MVP award there was three names listed. They were WBA Super Featherweight "Super" champion Takashi Uchiyama [内山高志], WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka [山中慎介] and WBA Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka [井岡一翔].
The "Skills Award" saw 5 nominations with Uchiyama, Yamanaka and Ioka all receiving nominations against along with WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue [井上尚弥] and Teiken promoted WBC Lightweight champion Jorge Linares.
The "Distinguished Service" award also saw 5 nominations. Once against Uchiyama, Yamanaka and Ioka were in the running, along with WBO Minimumweight king Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成] and IBF Light Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi [八重樫東].
The "Fighting Spirit" award saw 9 nominations in total. We again saw Inoue, Linares, Yaegashi and Miura all being listed, along with former WBC Super Featherweight champion Takashi Miura [三浦隆司], WBC Light Flyweight champion Yu Kimura [木村悠], WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono [河野公平], former Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama [高山勝成], WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi [田口良一] and Teiken promoted WBC Super Flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras.
The "Effort" award also saw 9 nominations, We again saw Miura, Kono, Takayama, Taguchi, Tanaka, Yaegashi and Kimura being nominated along with former Japanese Light Flyweight champion Kenichi Horikawa [堀川謙一] and Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yasutaka Ishimoto [石本康隆].
The KO award only saw two fighters being nominated, Uchiyama and Inoue.
The "State of the Art", essentially a prospect award, saw 4 nominations. They are OPBF Super Flyweight champion Takuma Inoue [井上拓真], his stable mate Ryo Matsumoto [松本亮], Japanese Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro [拳四朗] and Japanese Super Featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa [尾川堅一].
There was 4 world title bouts nominated for the best world title bout featuring a Japanese fighter. They were the WBC Bantamweight title bout between Shinsuke Yamanaka's and Anselmo Moreno, the WBC Super Featherweight war between Takashi Miura and Francisco Vargas, The IBF Light Flyweight bout between Akira Yaegashi's bout Javier Mandoza and Kazuto Ioka's second bout against Juan Carlos Reveco. Strangely missing out all together with the brilliant Kohei Kono Vs Koki Kameda bout.
There was three Japanese title fights also put up for vote for the best domestic title fight. These were the Japanese Super Featherweight bout between Rikki Naito [内藤律樹] and Masayuki Ito [伊藤雅雪], the Japanese Lightweight bout Kota Tokunaga [徳永幸大] and Yuhei Suzuki [鈴木悠平] and the Japanese Light Flyweight title bout between Horikawa and Ken Shiro.
There have been two fighters listed for Female fighter of the year, those are unified Atomweight champion Momo Koseki [小関桃] and Bantamweight title holder Naoko Fujioka [藤岡奈穂子].
Staying with female fighters, there was also 2 female bouts listed for the best female fight. These were the WBA/WBC Atomweight unfication bout between Koseki and Ayaka Miyao [宮尾綾香] and the IBF female Minimumweight title bout between Etsuko Tada [多田悦子] and Kareli Lopez.
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