Back in February OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2, 14) [勅使河原 弘晶] began a training camp in the Philippines, which was supposed to be a lengthy one giving him not only sparring and physical training but also English language lessons. Sadly that camp has come to a premature end this week, with Teshigawara returning to Japan due to the effects of Coronavirus on the Philippines.
The camp has certainly been a fruitful one, despite not being as long as expected.
The fighter revealed he has been road work in the morning, gym work in the afternoon and studying English in the night time. Sadly though as things have began to close in the Philippines it has made training in the country nearly impossible.
Whilst over in the Philippines Teshigawara sparred with Tomjune Mangubat (11-2-1, 9), Ponciano Remandiman (10-5-1, 5) and Elmo Traya (12-3, 8), as he begins to prepare for a run towards a world title fight, potentially later this year.
Of course with the ever developing global situation it's unclear when Teshigawara will return to the ring, though with the fighter having his eyes on big fights later in the year we suspect that he will be matched hard as soon he can fight again.
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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Today saw the shortlists being released from the Japanese Boxing Commission and the Tokyo Sports Press Club for the annual Japanese boxing awards, celebrating the best of Japanese boxing in 2019.
Unsurprisingly Ryota Murata, Kazuto Ioka, Kosei Tanaka, Kenshiro Teraji and Naoya Inoue were in multiple categories following a solid for all 5 men.
Below are the short lists for this years awards, ahead of the annual ceremony, which will take place on February 7th in Tokyo.
Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥]
Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔]
Ryota Murata (16-2, 13) [村田 諒太]
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]
Keita Kurihara (15-5, 13) [栗原 慶太]
Shuichiro Yoshino (11-0, 9) [吉野 修一郎]
Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2, 14) [勅使河原 弘晶]
Ginjiro Shigeoka (5-0, 4) [重岡銀次朗]
Koki Inoue (15-0, 12) [浩樹井上]
Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人]
Yuki Nonaka (33-11-3, 10) [野中 悠樹]
Akinori Watanabe (39-7-1, 33) [渡部あきのり]
Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹]
Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁]
Best Fight of the Year (World title Bout)
Naoya Inoue Vs Nonito Donaire
Naoya Inoue Vs Emanuel Rodriguez
Kazuto Ioka Vs Aston Palicte
Ryota Murata Vs Rob Brant II
Best Fight of the Year (Non-world title)
Kazuto Takesako Vs Shuji Kato 加藤収二]
Yuki Beppu [別府優樹] Vs Ryota Yada [矢田良太]
Toshiya Ishii [石井渡士也] Vs Haruki Ishikawa [石川春樹]
Tenkai Tsunami (27-12-1, 16) [天海 ツナミ]
Kasumi Saeki (4-0, 3) [佐伯霞]
Miyo Yoshida (14-1) [吉田 実代]
Female Fight of the Year
Naoko Fujioka [藤岡 奈穂子] Vs Tenkai Tsunami
Kasumi Saeki Vs Elizabeth Lopez
Monseratt Alcaron Vs Ayaka Miyao [宮尾 綾香]
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Earlier today the East Japan boxing association announced their award winners for this past December naming 3 different winners for their awards.
The MVP for the month was Koki Inoue (15-0, 12) [浩樹井上], following his stoppage win over Jhertiz Chavez to claim the WBO Asia Pacific title at 140lbs, unifying the belt with his Japanese title. At the moment it's unclear what Inoue's next move is, with talk of him vacating the Japanese crown, but we suspect we'll know more in the coming days, as the fighter will have to commit to the Champion Carnival, or not, relatively soon.
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]. This was Teshigawara's third defense of the title and it seems likely he'll be on the hunt for a potential world title fight in 2020, following a strong run of results on the domestic and regional scene.
The Newcomer award was won by Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion Toshiya Ishii (3-0, 2) [石井渡士也] following his win over Haruki Ishikawa [石川春樹] for the title, in what was a sensational bout.
The trio will be given their awards on February 13th at the Diamond Glove show at Korakuen Hall.
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The Super Bantamweight division is one of the most criminally under-rated at the moment, and keeps delivering some amazing contests.
Today fight fans at Korakuen Hall saw one of the more overlooked fighters in the division, OPBF champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (21-2-2, 14) [勅使河原 弘晶] score his latest defense, as he stopped the talented Shohei Kawashima (18-4-2, 4) [川島翔平].
Teshigawara, who has been on a great run since suffering a split decision loss to Ryo Akaho back in 2016, applied pressure early on. He fought smartly whilst bringing the pressure and found a home early on for his right hand. Kawashima seemed to take the shots well, but struggled to build any momentum of his own.
After 4 rounds Teshigawara was up 39-37, twice, and 40-36. He looked in control of the bout, and really forced Kawashima to try and turn things around. Kawashima's attempt to change things came at a risk, and at the very end of round 5 he was caught by a left hook from Teshigawara, and failed to beat the count. Kawashima was counted out an official time of 3:09 of round 5.
Having now made 3 defences of his belt Teshigawara has his eyes on world title glory, and it seems clear that mentor Koichi Wajima shares that desire. We wouldn't be surprised at all with Teshigawara getting a title shot late in 2020.
Interestingly Kawashima stated that Teshigawara didn't hit as hard as expected, but that his control of distance was more impressive. That's something that seemed to be a big strength of Teshigawara's earlier in the year when he faced Shohei Omori, and looks to be one of his most under-rated skills.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be televised on Fuji TV this coming Saturday.
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