For the MVP the decision to name Akio Shibata (22-8-1, 9), pictured, the award winner was an easy decision. Shibata had, on March 1st, unified the Japanese and OPBF Middleweight titles with an excellent decision win over Daisuke Nakagawa (22-4-2, 17) and helped to reignite his career after his loss last year to a then debuting Ryota Murata.
The Fighting Spirit award went to the newly crowned Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada (8-0, 7) who claimed his title with a decision victory over Masayoshi Kotake (9-8-1, 5) on March 4th. It was Okada's first decision victory and saw him prove himself as a very promising fighter who some are viewing as a man going to go a very long way.
Oddly the "State of the Art" award, generally an award for young emerging prospects was given to Yuta Nakagawa (12-4-1, 8) for his victory over Kaname Tabei (10-8-2, 7) on March 17th. We're at a loss as to how Kosei Tanaka (2-0) didn't deserve the award for his victory the previous day over Ronelle Ferreras (13-7-2, 5).
(Photo courtesy of boxingnews.jp)