Earlier today the nominations for the JBC and Tokyo Athletic Press Club Boxing Subcommittee annual awards were announced, with the media being able to vote on the winners, who will be announced later this month. Unlike usual there will not be a big event ceremony, due to the ongoing Covid19 situation.
Sadly Covid19 really did destroy the boxing calendar in Japan and only a handful of top Japanese fighters managed to squeeze a fight into the year. In fact only 3 of the 7 current male world champions managed to fight, and that include a man who won his world title late year.
The fighters nominated for the "Best Fighter" award were those 3 champions that manage to fight last year:
They were WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔]
WBO Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16) [中谷 潤人]
And unified WBA "super" and IBF Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥]
Those 3 champions are also up in the running for the "Skill Award".
The "Special Merit" award sees Junto Nakatani in the running alongside:
Masayoshi Nakatani (19-1, 13) [中谷正義]
and Hironori Mishiro (10-0-1, 3) [三代大訓]
The Effort/Fighting Award short list is
Ryoji Fukunaga (13-4, 13) [福永亮次]
and Kenichi Horikawa (41-16-1, 14) [堀川 謙一]
The KO award has 4 nominees, with Inoue, Ioka, and both Junto and Masayoshi Nakatani.
The newcomer award sees Mishiro up against:
Daishi Nagata (15-2-2, 6) [永田大士]
and Masamichi Yabuki (12-3, 11) [佐藤政道]
The best bout of the year has been split into two categories, as it has been for a while.
The world title bouts up for the award are:
Kazuto Ioka Vs Kosei Tanaka (15-1, 9) [田中恒成]
Naoya Inoue Vs Jason Moloney
Junto Nakatani Vs Giemel Magramo
As for the none world title bouts, the fights nominated here are:
Riku Nagahama [長濱 陸] Vs Kudura Kaneko [クドゥラ 金子]- For the OPBF Welterweight title
Kenichi Ogawa [尾川 堅一] Vs Kazuhiro Nishitani [西谷和宏] - Non title bout
Masayoshi Nakatani Vs Felix Verdejo - WBO Intercontinental Lighweight title
Ryoji Fukunaga Vs Kenta Nakagawa [中川 健太] - WBO Asia Pacific, JBC and OPBF triple title bout
and Hironori Mishiro Vs Masayuki Ito [伊藤 雅雪] - Non title bout
As for the female awards, the MVP nominess are:
WBO Atomweight champion Mika Iwakawa (9-5-1, 3) [岩川 美花]
WBO female Minimumweight champion Etsuko Tada (20-3-3, 7) [多田悦子]
and WBO female Super Flyweight champion Tomoko Okuda (7-2-2, 1) [奥田朋子]
The best bouts for female boxing are:
Mika Iwakawa Vs Nanae Suzuki [鈴木菜々江]
Etsuko Tada Vs Ayaka Miyao [宮尾 綾香]
and Tomoko Okuda Vs Miyo Yoshida [吉田 実代]
Press Release: Andres Campos targets WBO & WBA Flyweight World Champions Nakatani and Dalakian for 2021 Showdown
WBO #9 & WBA #15 Flyweight Andres Campos (9-0) is looking to make a push for Championship honours in 2021, The Chilean ‘Super Star’ is targeting Japanese WBO Champion Junto Nakatani and WBA Champion Artem Dalakian.
On November 6th the 22 year-old Japanese wonder kid, Junto Nakatani (21-0) secured his first World Championship by defeating Giemel Magramo (24-2) for vacant WBO Flyweight title via an 8th round KO at the World famous Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Campos has not seen any action since the 14th of March fighting in his homeland of Santiago, Chile with "The Crocodile" soundly defeating Ecuadorian Pedro Villegas 21-1.
Despite global upheaval Campos has not stopped honing his craft having taken part in training camps in the United States with the World Famous Australian Moloney Twins Andrew and Jason.
"I'm ready for any fight my team puts in front of me. I have full faith in my promoter Nico (Nicholas Martinez) Dragon Fire Boxing Latino and my manager, The Big Bossman Tony (Tolj). Its tough here in Chile with Covid I haven't fought for a while and I can't wait to get back in the ring. I would like the WBO Champion Nakatani or the WBA Champion Artem Dalakian. Im 25 years old so I have some time and I will be patient.” Said Campos regarding his plans for the upcoming year.
Manager Tony Tolj went on to discuss the strategy for the Chilean flyweight ahead of 2021.
"I have personally been on the ground floor since Andres’ 3rd fight, he just gets better and better. He is a genuine ‘Rock Star’ in Chile and I'm proud he has remained very humble, especially during these difficult times with the pandemic. He hasn't fought for a little while, but he has probably done a couple of hundred rounds with Andrew and Jason (Moloney) in the States for their respective training camps.
“Andres has also done some rounds with former world champion, DJ Kriel, Aussie prospect Vegas Larfield and Puerto Rican Jonathan Rodriguez to name a few.
“I know he is doing everything possible to earn himself a world title shot with Nakatani and Artem Dalakian. Andres holds both WBO and WBA Regional Titles. We have big plans for Andres in 2021 and with the birth of our Dragon Fire Boxong Latino promotions we will do whatever it takes to bring a champion to South America. One thing is for certain! 2021 its going to be the feeding time for "The Crocodile" Andres Campos."
Earlier today WBO Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16) [中谷 潤人] attended a special event in his hometown of Mie, where he met the local Governor.
At the event Nakatani state "I'm glad that I was able to return home because I was told that the boxers of high school students were also very inspiring when the Mie National Athletic Meet was held next year! I would like to contribute something from now on! "
What he's talking about there is the fact that Mie will host the National Athletic Meet next year, and the high school boxers from the region will be looking to compete and be successful. Nakatani, seemingly, wants to be the inspiration for those fighters.
(Image courtesy of MT Gym)
Tomorrow at the Shinjuku FACE we'll get the next A-Sign boxing card, with the main event featuring teenage sensation Jin Sasaki (8-0, 7) [佐々木尽] battling with fellow big puncher Tatsuya Miyazaki (9-13-1, 9) [宮崎辰也]. Although a mismatch on paper the bout is certainly set to deliver fireworks, with 16 of the men's combined 17 wins coming from stoppage and 13 of those coming in the first 4 rounds, and it's certainly a dangerous assignment for Sasaki, if he gets caught.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men weighed in for the contest and both men made the Welterweight limit with no issues.
On the scales Sasaki was 146.8lbs. After making weight he spoke about how this is his heaviest weight so far, and how Miyazaki is the biggest puncher he's faced to date. Despite being aware of Miyazaki's power he had promised a big KO of his own, and seemed very confident of picking up an impressive win here.
Miyazaki on the other hand had room to play with on the scales, weighing in at 146.4lbs. His comments were somewhat less full off confidence, stating that you can see the bout on YouTube, which we'll link to below.
Aged 36 Miyazaki's career is certainly coming to an end, but a win here would give him a high to go out one, even if it would take a huge upset for him to get that win.
For those tuning in the guest commentary will be from recently crowned WBO Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16) [中谷 潤人].
As for the YouTube link the bout will be streamed on the A-Sign boxing YouTube channel.
Back in September Japanese youngster Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16) [中谷 潤人] paid a courtesy visit to the Sagamihara City Hall in Kanagawa Prefecture, where he promised to become a world champion.
Earlier today Nakatani was back at the City Hall, meeting with local Mayor Kentaro Motomura, along with Nakatani's newly acquired WBO Flyweight title.
Since his visit a few weeks ago Nakatani has become a bit of a boxing star, thanks to a TKO win over Filipino foe Giemal Magramo, with the win netting Nakatani the WBO title, making him a world champion and seeing him keep his September promise.
At the meeting today Nakatani stated that he was happy to deliver good news to the city, regarding his title win. The success does seem to have touched the local population and the Mayor stated that the citizens were impressed by Nakatani.
At today's event it was revealed that Nakatani had resumed road work just a week after beating Magramo and is going to be back in the gym tomorrow. Sadly however it is unclear when Nakatani will be back in action, though he has stated that he wants to defend his title and look to unify titles going forward.
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