Earlier today saw the 2017 Annual Japanese Boxing awards and saw numerous fighters recieving awards.
The MVP for the year was, unsurprisingly, WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18) [山中慎介] who had a sensational year beating both Liborio Solis and Anselmo Moreno.
The Skills award was won by WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (12-0, 10) [井上 尚弥], who had a solid year defending his title 3 times.
There was a special award for IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (19-1-1, 7) [小國 以載].
The KO award was shared by WBA Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (21-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and Shinsuke Yamanaka .
The effort award was won by Yasutaka Ishimoto (29-9, 8) [石本 康隆], who had a brilliant 2016 with 2 defences of the Japanese Super Bantamweight title.
The Prospect of the Year was Flyweight destroyer Daigo Higa (12-0, 12) [比嘉 大吾], who now looks set for a world title bout after a sensational 2016 which saw him announce himself to a huge audience with a win over Ardin Diale.
The best bout awards went to Shinsuke Yamanaka Vs Anselmo Moreno II, with that bout claiming the honour for the best world title bout, and Yoshihiro Kamega Vs Jesus Soto Karass which was the best non-world title bout involving a Japanese fighter last year.
The female awards were dominated by Naoko Fujioka (15-2, 6) [藤岡 奈穂子] who won the female MVP award and as part of the best Female bout, her contest with Shindo Go.
The achievement award was claimed by Hozumi Hasegawa (36-5, 16) [長谷川 穂積], who end his historic career last year after becoming a 3-weight champion.
An Excellence award was awarded to Inoue, Ioka, Hasekawa, Yamanaka, Carlos Cuadras, Jornge Linares, Oguni, Kosei Tanaka (8-0, 5) [田中恒成], Kohei Kono (32-10-1, 13) [河野 公平], Ryoichi Taguchi's (25-2-2, 11) [田口良一], Akira Yaegashi (25-5, 13) [八重樫 東] and Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成].
The ceremony also saw a number of others awarded special honours.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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