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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Earlier today the annual Japanese boxing awards took place at the Tokyo Dome Hotel.
As previously reported unified Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] won the Best fighter award and the Best Fight at event, but was unable to attend due to illness. That however leaves the question "who else won awards?"
The Best Skill award was won by WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔], who became the first Japanese male 4-weight champion in the summer, stopping Aston Palicte. He then defended the title at the end of the year against Jeyvier Cintron, putting in a very different type of performance against Puerto Rican challenger.
Like Inoue, Ioka also didn't attend the event.
The special award saw Ryota Murata (16-2, 13) [村田 諒太] pick up the honours, after reclaiming the WBA Middleweight title and then defending it just before Christmas. He explained his next bout isn't yet decided, though reports are suggesting a May or June date is likely. Murata also picked up the KO award for the year.
The Effort award was won by Yuki Nagano (17-3, 13) [永野祐樹], who won the award for what he did in 2019 despite recently losing the Japanese Welterweight title.
The Newcomer award was win by Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人], who is now reportedly set to fight for the WBO Flyweight title in Spring.
As previously mentioned Naoya Inoue won the best fight in a world title fight, for his sensational bout with Nonito Donaire in the WBSS final. As for none-world title bout, that award, unsurprisingly, went to the brilliant war between Yuki Beppu [別府優樹] and Ryota Yada [矢田良太] for the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title. For fans who haven't seen that one, we genuinely implore you to give a watch!
There was a double award for female fighter Tenkai Tsunami (27-12-1, 16) [天海 ツナミ] who not only took the women's MVP award, for the second year running, but also the women's fight of the year for her bout with Naoko Fujioka [藤岡 奈穂子].
The excellent player award, which is given to every Japanese fighter who holds a world title at some point during the year, saw Inoue, Ioka and Murata receive the honour along with:
Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成]
Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗]
Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 17) [岩佐 亮佑]
Hiroto Kyoguchi (14-0, 9) [京口 紘人].
The trainer award was given to Mr Kato from the Misako gym, who has been responsible for training Kenjiro Teraji.
There was also a number of special awards given out. These went to:
Kohei Kono (33-12-1, 14) [河野 公平]
Ryoichi Taguchi (27-4-2, 12) [田口良一]
Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-7-6, 7) [福原 辰弥]
And Hitoshi Misako
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Earlier today the annual Japanese boxing awards took place at the Tokyo Dome Hotel, honour the best in Japanese boxing from 2019.
The Best Fighter award, the most prestigious of the awards, was won by Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥], who was absent from the ceremony due to a fever. Hideyuki Ohashi, who manages Inoue, explained that Inoue had been taken to hospital earlier today and was diagnosed with fever due to muscle fatigue after a recent training camp in Guam. The fever had seen his temperature rise to 39°C (102.2°F).
During the year Inoue stopped Emanuel Rodriguez in the UK, becoming the first Japanese fighter to win a world title fight in Europe, before winning the WBSS final against Nonito Donaire.
Despite not being there there was a comment from Inoue through Mr Ohashi, which stated that Inoue was honoured to receive the award for the second year running and that it was a fulfilling year for the "Monster".
Although now suffering after the Guam camp there didn't seem any belief at all about him needing to miss many days of training and is still looking forward to the April 25th bout with John Riel Casimero (29-4, 20).
Inoue's bout with Donaire, which saw Donaire win the WBSS final, was also named the best bout, at world level, at the event today.
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Earlier today the KBM announced their MVP for the month of January.
The winner was 22 year old hopeful Woo Hyun Kim (9-1, 1) [김우현] who scored a career best win on January 18th and really did impress in a solid performance.
The youngster claimed the WBA Asia Super Flyweight title as he out boxed, out sped and out fought former OPBF Flyweight champion Keisuke Nakayama (11-6-2, 5) [中山佳祐] in Jeonju.
Unlike some MVP systems the KBM actually reveal what the fighters get as a result of their MVP award, with the organisation revealing that Kim will receive a significant amount of Adidas equipment and clothing, to wear in the future.
Interestingly the KBM also revealed the plans Kim has.
The next step in his career is to defend his title in April or May and work his way towards a potential world title fight next year. If he can achieve that then it's huge news for Korean boxing, but obviously it's easier said than done, especially given the relative lack of financial back Korean fighters have at the moment.
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