Earlier today we saw the Japanese monthly award winners bing announced following a notable, though over-looked, October.
The MVP for the month was Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yasutaka Ishimoto (29-8, 8) [石本 康隆], who scored a thrilling victory over Gakuya Furuhashi to defend his title back on October 1st. The performance was brilliant and the fight it's self was rivetting with both guys playing their part in a thrilling back and forth contest.
The Fighting Spirit Award winner was Yusaku Kuga (13-2-1, 9) [久我 勇作], who's win over Jonathan Baat on October 22nd secured his place as Ishimoto's mandatory challenger for 2017. Kuga really did put on a brilliant performance to batter Baat into submission in 4 rounds and will almost certainly be a handful for Ishimoto when the two men meet.
The "Sate of the Art" award was won by Masataka Taniguchi (5-0, 4) [谷口 将隆], who scored a split decision win against Dexter Alimento to secure his place as one of Japan's fastest rising prospects.
(Image of Ishimoto courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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