Earlier today the East Japanese Boxing Association announced their award winners for the month of October and we had 3 worth while winners for the month, which was, in fairness, a really good month for fights in Japan.
The MVP for the month was world ranked Super Featherweight Kenichi Ogawa (25-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一], who earned the award following his October 2nd win over Kazuhiro Nishitani (21-5-1, 12) [西谷和宏]. The bout saw both men being dropped, and saw really great action through out, with Ogawa taking a clear, but very hard fought, decision. The win not only netted him this award but also moved him closer to a world title fight, with Nishitani also entering the bout as a world ranked fighter.
The Fight Spirit Award was won by Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-2, 4) [堤聖也] following his unexpected draw with former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (16-1-1, 16) [比嘉 大吾] on October 26th. Many had expected Tsutsumi to be easily beaten by the more well known Higa but instead Tsutsumi more than held his own, and some in the venue felt that the under-dog deserved a victory here. Sadly we've not yet seen the bout, though it will be aired on delay in Japan in around 10 days time thanks to TBS.
The Newcomer award was won by Toshiki Kawamitsu (5-0, 2) [川満 俊輝], following his win against Kenshi Noda (2-1, 2) [野田 賢史], in what was an absolutely sensational bout well worthy of a watch. Kawamitsu went into the bout without much fanfare but came out of it as a man who was worth following, and had instantly generated some real buzz. The win for Kawamitsu will open the doors to bigger fights, and if you've not seen this bout with Noda you really should, absolute barn burner by the two youngsters.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced the monthly award winners for September, naming an MVP, a Fighting Spirit award winner and a Newcomer award.
The MVP was, unsurprisingly, triple crown winner Shuichiro Yoshino (13-0, 10) [吉野 修一郎]who successfully defended his JBC, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight titles and over-came gutsy veteran Valentine Hosokawa (25-8-3, 12) [細川繁]. The win saw Yoshino successfully defending all 3 titles and take one more step towards a world title fight.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by the hard hitting Kazuki Nakajima (9-0-1, 8) [中嶋一輝], who stopped Kenta Nomura (7-4, 3) [野村健太] in 3 rounds to advance a step closer to his first title fight. Although Nakajima's wasn't perfect it was rather exciting, and again showed he is a legitimate puncher, albeit a flawed one who has still got work to do.
Talking about flawed punchers it's worth noting that Yasutaka Fujita (6-1, 6) [藤田裕崇] won the Newcomer award, following his 19 second blast out win over Kensuke Nakamura (4-9-2) [中村 堅亮]. Although still a flawed fighter it's hard to dislike Fujita's aggression and power, and hopefully we see more of him in the near future.
Unlike normal awards the winners will not be given an in ring award ceremony at Korakuen Hall. They will be certificated and prizes and will have comment videos posted online.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced their award winners for July, with the award winners being named for the first time since February!
The MVP for the month was named as the newly crowned Japanese Light Welterweight champion Daishi Nagata (15-2-1, 6) [永田大士] who scored a massive upset win against Koki Inoue (15-1, 12) [浩樹井上] to claim the title on July 16th. The win saw Nagata become the 6th Japanese champion at Misako Gym, a new record, and was followed with Inoue announcing his retirement from the sport.
For Nagata the win was a huge one, and will set him up for some notable bouts later in the year, potentially including a rematch with Rikki Naito, which would see the Japanese, OPBF and JBC titles being unified, or a bout with Hiroki Okada, in what would be a very interesting match up.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (9-1, 9) [清水 聡] who recorded his 5th defense when he stopped Kyohei Tonomoto (9-3-1, 4) [殿本恭平] in a very entertaining bout that saw Shimizu dropping Tonomoto several times. Incidentally this bout also took place on July 16th.
Sadly there wasn't a New Comer award, though that saws more about how few bouts took place in East Japan this month than anything else.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced their award winners for the month of February, and there was 3 award winners this month.
The MVP for the month was Keita Obara (23-4-1, 21) [小原 佳太], who claimed the Japanese Welterweight title early in the month when he stopped Yuki Nagano (17-3, 13) [永野祐樹] to become a 2-weight champion, and to kick off the 2020 Champion Carnival.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by Riku Nagahama (12-3-1, 4) [長濱 陸], the newly crowned OPBF Welterweight champion. Nagahama, who incidentally fought the last bout to be staged in Japan, won the title by out pointing the previously unbeaten Kudura Kaneko (11-1, 8) [クドゥラ 金子] towards the end of the month.
The Newcomer award was won by Nath Nwachukwu (6-0-2, 3) [ワチュク・ナァツ], who took an impressive victory over Junpei Tsujimoto (6-2-3, 4) [辻本 純兵] on the same show as Obara's win.
The three men will get the chance to take part in an award ceremony that has yet to have a confirmed date, due to the coronavirus.
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Earlier today a ceremony was held at Korakuen Hall to recognise the achievements of the trio of fighters who won the East Japan Boxing Awards for December.
The MVP for the month was Koki Inoue (15-0, 12) [浩樹井上], due to his stoppage win over Jhertiz Chavez, sadly however Inoue was unable to attend, due to his recent injury. As a result Seiichi Okada [岡田誠一] attended on his behalf, and told those in attendance that "I'm sorry that Inoue was hurt. I look forward to seeing you in a good match in May, so please look forward to it."
The Fighting Spirit Award was won by OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2, 14) [勅使河原 弘晶], following his stoppage win against Shohei Kawashima [川島翔平]. Despite the odd suit Teshigawara was wearing the "Crush Boy" explained that he was now planning to take part in a Filipino training camp.
Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion Toshiya Ishii (3-0, 2) [石井渡士也], who claimed his title with a sensational win against Haruki Ishikawa [石川春樹], was awarded the the Newcomer award. He revealed his first defense will now take place on March 14th as he takes on Issei Ochiai (2-0, 1) [落合 壱星] at Korakuen Hall.
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