Yesterdsay saw the announce of the November 2016 Japanese boxing award winners, and it's fair to say the trio of winners was one of the more notable trios of recent times.
The MVP for the month was Japanese Welterweight champion Toshio Arikawa (14-4, 12) [有川 稔男], who retained his title when he stopped Yasuhiro Okawa (14-13-3, 5) [大川泰弘]. The win over Okawa was a brutal affair with Okawa having a rather mashed looking face by the time he was stopped and Arikawa really did deserve the MVP honour.
The Fight Spirit award was won by OPBF Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (11-0, 11) [比嘉 大吾] who retained the OPBF Flyweight title with a 4th round KO win against Filipino southpaw Felipe Cagubcob Jr (6-3-5, 2). The win saw Higa batter Cagucob into submission, despite some issues with the challenger's southpaw stance.
The State of the Art award was won by the fast rising Hiroto Kyoguchi (4-0, 4) [京口 紘人], who scored a "blink and you miss it" win over Filipino Michael Camelion (8-4-1, 6). He's expected back in the ring at the end of the month and could potentially be in line for title fighters from early next year.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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