Earlier today the winners of the Japanese awards for November were named.
The winner of the MVP award, the highest of the honours, was Japanese and OPBF Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (27-8-1, 13), who defended his titles on November 9th with a dominant victory over Koki Tyson Maebara, who was stopped in the 7th round. The bout was Shibata's 5th defense of the OPBF title and 4th defense of the Japanese title. It was also his 4th successive stoppage continuing a run that began last December.
The fighting Spirit award was won by Welterweight slugger Toshio Arikawa (12-4, 10) who scored a career defining victory on November 2nd, when he defeated Akinori Watanabe at the Strongest Korakuen. The win saw Arikawa secure himself a title fight for 2016 whilst putting in a thrilling performance that saw the crowd on their feet.
The State of the Art award was won by Ryosuke Takami (8-1, 7) who scored a 7th round TKO win over fellow puncher Yuichi Yokoyama, on November 7th. This was, by far, the best win for the 22 year old Takami who will be hoping to build on the win in 2016.
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