Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announce their award winners for the month of February. Unlike most months there was only two award winners, but they were both very deserved awards and both were won by fighters who now have titles around their waists.
The MVP for the month was the newly crowned Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yusaku Kuga (14-2-1, 10) [久我 勇作], who made a huge statement as he dominated Yasutaka Ishimoto back on February 4th. The performance was one of sheer domination with Kuga dropping Ishimoto in round one and forcing the referee in to action in round 2 of what was a real statement win for the youngster.
The win for Kuga was emphatic, even if the timing of the stoppage was less than great, and put Kuga in a position where by he could find himself in the mix for a world title fight.
The Fighting Spirit Award was claimed by the new crowned Japanese "interim" Flyweight champion Masayuki Kuroda (26-7-3, 15) [黒田 雅之], who claimed the crown on February 28th with an action packed win over Yuta Matsuo. The bout, a 10 round decision win for Kuroda, was one of the best fights this month and was a real treat for Boxingraise subscribers.
There was, unfortnately, no "State of the Art" award winner, with no one being deemed as appropriate for the award this month.
The award ceremony for Kuga and Kuroda will take place on April 17th at the Korakuen Hall.
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