Earlier today Japanese fans in Tokyo saw the East Japan Rookie of the Year finals, part of that show also saw the Japanese awards for October being handed to the winning fighters.
Those awards were given to three men, including currenrt Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yasutaka Ishimoto (29-8, 8) [石本 康隆], who claimed the MVP award after scoring a thrilling victory over Gakuya Furuhashi on October 1st. The performance saw Ishimoto scoring his second win over Furuhashi and setting up a titledefense for next year.
Interestingly Ishimoto's next defense will come against The Fighting Spirit Award winner Yusaku Kuga (13-2-1, 9) [久我 勇作], who stopped Jonathan Baat on October 22nd to secure a mandatory title shot at Ishimoto in 2017. Kuga really did put on a brilliant performance to win the award as he battered Baat into submission in 4 rounds and will almost certainly be a handful for Ishimoto when the two men meet again next year
The third award was the "State of the Art" award which was won by Masataka Taniguchi (5-0, 4) [谷口 将隆], who scored a split decision win against Dexter Alimento. With the win Taniguchi moved into title contention with the win and proved his ability as a genuine prospect.
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