Earlier today saw the official announcements for the Japanese monthly boxing awards for June.
The winner of the "MVP" award was an obvious choice with the award going to Koki Eto, who won a thrilling contest with Ardin Diale to claim the OPBF Flyweight title. The bout, one of the true fights of the year, saw Eto down several times before fighting back incredibly hard to stop Diale in the 8th round in a potential fight of the year. If you've not managed to see this bout yet we advise you make 40 minutes of time to watch the contest which is likely to be one of the best fights we will see in 2014.
The fighting Spirit award another pretty obvious one with the that being given to Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito. Naito earned the award courtesy of his excellent victory over Kyohei Tamakoshi in a bout that saw Naito recording his first defence of his national title.
The "State of the Art" award, handed to an outstanding prospect or youngster, was given to Kazuma Sanpei who scored an excellent victory over Jun Hamana. The unbeaten Sanpei does look like he has the ability to become a real force but, at just 19 years old, it could be a while before we see how his potential plays out.
Eto, Naito and Sanpei will be handed the physical awards at the Korakuen Hall on July 31st.
(Image, of Eto, is courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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