Earlier today saw the announcement of the Japanese award winners for November, and in all honest none of the awards were really much of a surprise.
The Newcomer of the Month, also known as the State of the Art award winner, was Middleweight prospect Kazuto Takesako (7-0, 7) [竹迫司登], who secured his award back on November 4th, when he scored a sensational first round win over Shoma Fukumoto, in a Japanese title eliminator. The unbeaten puncher looked sensational in the bout and is set to get a Japanese title fight next year thanks to this win.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by Japanese Flyweight champion Masayuki Kuroda (28-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之], who defended his title on November 10th with a 7th round TKO win over Mako Matsuyama. The win was an action packed fight, but one that Kuroda always seemed to be comfortable in, whilst Matusyama was brave but outclassed.
The MVP for November was Japanese Welterweight champion Toshio Arikawa (15-4, 13) [有川 稔男], who earned the award thanks to a 5th round TKO win over interim champion Daisuke Sakamoto on November 7th. That win saw Arikawa unify his title with the interim belt, and avenge a 2014 opening round loss to Sakamoto.
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