Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced the Monthly Award winners for the month of September, with 3 fighters being recognised for their achievements.
The MVP for the month was the newly crowned OPBF Bantamweight champion Kai Chiba (14-3, 9) [千葉 開], who claimed his title with a 12th round TKO win over Keita Kurihara (16-7-1, 14) [栗原慶太] on September 22nd, in what was a career defining victory for Chiba. The 29 year old Chiba, who was tipped for big things before a number of stumbles, is expected to kick on from this win and move on to bigger and better things, with this win working as a platform for him to not only defend his title, but also build his career off.
The Fighting Spirit award was also won by a regional champion, as Japanese and WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight champion Andy Hiraoka (21-0, 16) [平岡アンディ] , who retained his regional title on September 13th when he defeated Filipino puncher Alvin Lagumbay (13-6-1, 11) in 2 rounds. Whilst we're not yet 100% sure on Hiraoka's next step, he is expected to return to the ring on December 13th or December 26th as part of another Ohashi promoted event.
The third award, the Newcomer award, was won by Mizuki Hiruta (3-0) [晝田瑞希], who claimed the Japanese female Flyweight title, with a decision win over Hinami Yanai (2-1, 1) [桺井妃奈実] back on September 1st.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced it's award winners for the month of July, naming 2 winners for awards.
The MVP for the month was Triple Crown Light Flyweight champion Shokichi Iwata (9-0, 6) [岩田 翔吉], who unified the Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific title onJuly 2nd when he took a hard fought 12 round decision over tough veteran Kenichi Horikawa (41-17-1, 14) [堀川 謙一]. The win, which saw Iwata take a huge step towards a potential world title fight, was a really impressive and mature performance from Iwata, who showed he had the stamina to go 12 rounds, and the brains to fight to his game plan, rather than fall into the traps of Horikawa.
The other award for the month was the Newcomer award, which was won by Daiki Kameyama (9-5-1, 3) [亀山大輝], following his win over Kento Yabusaki (9-5-2, 5) [薮﨑賢人], in what was a spectacular and action packed brawl, that resulted in Kamayama stopping his man in the 8th round to claim one of the biggest and most memorable wins of his career so far.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced the monthly award winners for the month of June, announcing 3 winners.
The MVP for the month was Japanese Lightweight champion Shu Utsuki (11-0, 9) [宇津木秀] who score his first defense on June 14th, when he stopped the tricky Izuki Tomioka (7-6-1, 2) [富岡 樹] in 8 rounds. The hard hitting Utsuki is expected to move on to bigger and better things that just the Japanese title, and the 28 year old managed to take the next step towards big things with this win.
Another man who took huge steps towards big thing was the Fight Spirit award winner, and newly crowned Japanese Bantamweight champion, Seiya Tsutsumi (6-0-2, 5) [堤聖也], who won the title on June 23rd, when he stopped Kyosuke Sawada (15-3-2, 6) [澤田京介] in a very fan friendly 8 rounder. Given Tsutsumi's previous set backs this was the huge win he needed to get things back on track and win his first title.
The Newcomer Award was won by 37 year old Hisashi Kato (11-10-2, 7) [加藤 寿] who scored a massive upset win over Rikuto Adachi (16-4, 12) [安達 陸虎] on June 29th, when he stopped Adachi in 2 rounds.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced the monthly award winners for the month of March, with 3 winners being announced.
The MVP for the month was Japanese Light Flyweight champion Shokichi Iwata (8-0, 6) [岩田 翔吉], who shone on March 5th when he blitzed tough veteran Toshimasa Ouchi (22-12-3, 8) [大内 淳雅], to record his first title defense. The bout lasted just 72 seconds, but it really helped announce Iwata as a legitimate force in the division, and it now seems likely he'll be finding himself hunting a world title fight, or world title eliminator, later in the year.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by the popular and heavy handed Jirolian Riku (14-3, 13) [高橋陸], for his TKO win over Yuichiro Kasuya (14-5-2, 4) [粕谷雄一郎] on March 28th. Now ranked highly by the JBC at Lightweight, there is a genuine chance we'll see Riku getting a Japanese title fight later in the year, and with his power and style he could well be a nightmare for many in the division.
The Newcomer award was won by Shun Akaiwa (7-3-1, 5) [赤岩俊] for his surprising 6th round TKO win on March 10th against Hokuto Matsumoto (7-5-1, 1) [松本北斗], a win that saw him shoot into the Japanese rankings at 140lbs.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced the winners of their monthly awards for the month of February.
The MVP for the month is the newly crowned Japanese Lightweight champion Shu Utsuki (10-0, 8) [宇津木秀], following his impressive 9th round TKO win over Masahiro Suzuki back on February 8th. The win saw Utsuki net his first professional title, and it seems clear that, given his power and technical ability, he has the tools to go a long, long way in the sport, though of course is still a work in progress and it's going to be exciting to see what he does to build on the win over Suzuki.
The Fighting Spirit Award was also won by a newly crowned Japanese national champion, as Kyosuke Sawada (15-2-2, 6) [澤田京介] added the award to the Japanese Bantamweight title, which he won back on February 5th with a technical decision win over Kenshin Oshima. This was the second show at the title for Sawada, who had previously been denied by a technical draw. Whilst his win wasn't pretty, it was a meaningful one for the talented fighter, who started his career with back to back losses, but has rebuilt in very impressive fashion to claim the Japanese title.
The Newcomer Award was won by Shinba Yamaguchi (2-0-1, 2) [山口臣馬], who earned the award for his February 5th win over Ren Kobayashi, which saw him stopping Kobayashi in 6 rounds, and need to battle through some real problems from Kobayashi.
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