Today saw the official announcement of the Japanese monthly award winners.
The awards, as they are every month, were awarded to 3 fighters.
The main award, the MVP award, was given to Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto who retained his title with an excellent stoppage victory over Kotatsu Takehara back on September 9th. The win for Fujimoto was his second defense of the title having previously out pointed Takehara in a much tougher contest last year and this time around he looked like a much better fighter and as faster, more active and sharper than he had been in their first bout.
The fighting spirit award was handed Mika Oda, to the newly crowned OPBF Female Minimumweight champion who won the title on September 24th with an excellent and hard fought victory over Saemi Hanagata. The bout was a very tough one for Oda who scored just her second win in 10 bouts and really showed her fighting spirit to not give up or walk away from the sport. The performance, especially in round 8, was sensational and she was a very deserving winner of the award.
The State of the Art award was won by Masaru Sueyoshi who took a decision win over Yuta Nagai near the start of the month. Sueyoshi was fighting for the first time in well over a year and yet looked better than ever as he put his career back on track. At just 24 years old we're going to be keeping a close eye on Sueyoshi in his next few fights.
(Image, of Fujimoto, courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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