The MVP for the month was OPBF Light Welterweight champion Keita Obara who retained his title with an excellent 12th round KO of Shinya Iwabuchi. The bout was Obara's first defence and left many in no doubt at all about who the best Light Welterweight in Japan is. As for Iwabuchi it was his first stoppage defeat and showed just how heavy handed the current champion is.
Obara wasn't the only champion rewarded and the fighting spirit award was given to Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda for his dominating defence against former world title challenger Konosuke Tomiyama. Masuda, like Obara, was making the first defence of his title and thoroughly impressed by stopping Tomiyama in the third round before calling out domestic rival Ryosuke Iwasa.
The state of the art award was given to Ryo Takenaka who stopped Yuki Ozawa in 6 rounds to announce himself as a legitimate national contender. This win for Takenaka not only won him a national award but has also seen him rewarded with an OPBF title fight in November against Hisashi Amagasa.
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