Yesterday the East Japan Boxing Association announced their monthly award winners for the Month of December 2021.
The MVP for the month was Yoshimitsu Kimura (13-2-1, 8) [木村吉光], who scored a career best win, as he stopped Kosuke Saka (21-6, 18) [坂晃典] and claimed the OPBF Super Featherweight title. The performance from from Kimura was incredible, and really put him on the map, moving him from a promising domestic youngster into a regional champion, scoring a legitimately huge regional level win.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by veteran Koichi Aso (25-9-1, 16) [麻生 興一], who scored a huge upset win over Rikki Naito (25-3, 8) [内藤 律樹], to claim the OPBF Light Welterweight title. The win for Aso, at the age of 35, wad genuinely a shocker, but the type of victory which will keep the veteran relevant, where a loss would likely have sent him into retirement. Not only was the result amazing for Aso, but the performance was scintillating, as he pressured and pressed Naito, before forcing a late stoppage.
The New Comer award was won by Ryuto Owan (8-1, 6) [大湾 硫斗], for his brilliant win over Daisuke Sugita (6-3, 3) [杉田大祐], with Owan stopping Sugita in 2 rounds.
Interestingly all 3 of those bouts took place on the December 14th show at Korakuen Hall.
Earlier today the winners of the East Japan Boxing Awards, for November, were announced with 3 winners being named for the month.
The MVP for the month was Takuma Inoue (15-1, 3) [井上拓真], who won the award after becoming a 3-weight OPBF champion in the following his win over Shingo Wake (27-7-2, 19) [和氣 慎吾] on November 11th. Inoue, who won the OPBF Super Bantamweight title with the win, was a clear front runner for the award and his win over Wake is one of the best of his career so far. And that's ignoring how food the actual performance was, as he neutralised the talented Wake and dominated him over 12 rounds.
The Fighting Spirit Award was won by the newly crowned Japanese Light Flyweight champion Shokichi Iwata (7-0, 5) [岩田 翔吉], who won the award, and the Japanese title, thanks to an excellent 9th round TKO win over Rikito Shiba (5-3, 2) [芝 力人]. The bout was a very clear step up in class for Iwata, but it was a step up that he made with relative ease as he took the best Shiba had to offer, and went on to break him down.
The third winner was the Newcomer of the Month, Hyuma Fujioka (12-10-1, 1) [藤岡飛雄馬], who earned the award for his massive upset win over former world title challenger Ryohei Takahashi (19-5-1, 8) [高橋竜平]. Takahashi, best known for his IBF world title bout with TJ Doheny back in 2019, was dropped by Fujiuoka, who took a career best win with an 8 round decision victory here on November 26th.
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced their award winners for the month of September. Rather oddly there was only a single winner for the month, with no award for the MVP or Newcomer being announced, and instead there was only a Fighting Spirit Award winner.
The award winner in question was former Japanese Bantamweight champion Yuki Nagano (19-3, 15) [永野祐樹], who earned the award for his victory over Yuki Beppu (21-3-1, 20) [別府優樹], from back on September 11th.
The heavy handed Nagano stopped Beppu to secure himself a Japanese title fighter in 2022, where he's expected to face Keita Obara for the Japanese Welterweight title, in a rematch of a bout between two men who clashed in 2019.
Sadly the other two awards weren't award due to no suitable fighters, which does sum up how little action there was in East Japan in the month of September. Thankfully October has been much, much better and we will be expecting 3 award winners being named next month for action from October.
Yesterday the East Japan Boxing Association announced the award winners for the month of August, a month that really didn't have the quantity of fights we usually see during a summer month in Japan.
The MVP for the month was Lightweight triple crown champion Shuichiro Yoshino (14-0, 11) [吉野 修一郎] who scored his latest defense of the Japanese national title, when he stopped Shuma Nakazato (10-2-3, 7) [仲里周磨] on August 12th. Whilst the performance wasn't one of Yoshino's best, and it did show he still has work to do before fighting for a world title, it was clearly one of the most important wins for a Japanese fighter during the month.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by Gakuya Furuhashi (28-8-1, 16) [古橋大輔], who won the award for his Japanese Super Bantamweight title defense against Seigo Hanamori (7-4, 5) [花森 成吾] on August 2nd, in what was a brilliantly entertaining war. Hanamori, to his credit, played his role in the fight, but was no real challenge for Furuhashi, who ground him down in a spectacularly entertaining, though short, bout.
The Newcomer award was won by the newly crowned Japanese Youth Minimumweight champion Shunsuke Isa (9-3-1, 1) [伊佐 春輔] took a razor thin split decision over Yuni Takada (8-8-2, 3) [高田 勇仁] early in the month.
Earlier today the latest winners of the monthly East Japan Boxing Association Monthly awards were named, with three men picking up awards for what they did in July.
The MVP for the month was named as former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (27-3-1, 15) [伊藤 雅雪], who dominated former Japanese 140lb champion Valentine Hosokawa (25-9-3, 12) [細川 バレンタイン] very early in the month. Ito, who was essentially fighting to save his career, really battered the tough Hosokawa, who took a legitimate beating until he was finally saved in round 8, having shown little more than fighting spirit and toughness. Following the bout Hosokawa announced his retirement, which is a good decision, but Ito still looked fantastic and deserves this MVP award.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by Ginjiro Shigeoka (6-0, 5) [重岡銀次朗], who successfully defended the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title with an early win over the previously unbeaten Toshiki Kawamitsu (6-1, 3) [川満俊輝]. The bout was Shigeoka's first since the end of 2019, though he looked just as impressive he had before his long lay off. After the win he vacated the title, and it's clear he now wants a world title bout, something it seems likely that he will get sooner rather than later.
The third award was was the Newcomer award, which was won by the heavy handed Suzumi Takayama (4-0, 4) [高山 涼深], who blitzed Kosuke Tomioka (4-2, 3) [富岡 浩介] inside a round to show what he was capable of. This was a major set back for the talented and enigmatic Tomioka, but a real break out performance for Takayama, who we expect to see fighting for senior titles in the next 12 months or so. He is something special, and yet still flying under the radar.
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