Earlier today the JBC (Japanese Boxing Commission) announced their month award winners for January 2014. Even though the month wasn't a particularly busy one there was enough action for deserving winners of several awards.
The MVP of the month was the most obvious selection with Masayoshi Nakatani (7-0, 5), pictured, taking the award for his victory over Yoshitaka Kato (26-5-1, 7). The Nakatani/Kato bout, for the OPBF Lightweight title, was the first title fight of Nakatani's career and was certainly the most impressive victory of the youngster's short career.
Due to the fact there was no world title fight it really was obvious that Nakatani was going to claim the MVP award.
The Fighting Spirit Award was given to the newly crowned Japanese Minimumweight champion Go Odaira (9-3-3, 1) who successfully claimed the title with a victory over the hard hitting Masashi Tada (11-4-1, 7). Odaira, who claimed a title for the first time, looked excellent and used his speed to great effect in the best victory of his career so far.
As for the "State of the Art" award, that was won by Yusuke Suzuki (4-1, 3) who claimed a major win stopping Takaaki Ishikawa (10-5, 5) in just 3 rounds.
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