Earlier today saw the JBC announce the award winners for this year's Champion Carnival bouts. As with the month awards there were 3 awards up for grabs, the MVP , the Fighting Spirit and the Skills award.
The MVP award went to the fantastic Shohei Omori (14-0, 9) who claimed the Japanese Bantamweight title on April 13th with a destructive 3rd round victory over Kentaro Masuda. Going in to the Champion Carnival bouts this looked like the most interesting bout on paper though proved to be a one-sided beat down as Omori proved to be too big and too fast for his brave foe who was lucky to see out the opening round. For those wanting to watch Omori Vs Masuda we've included the video at the bottom of this post.
The Skills Award was won by Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito (12-0, 5) for his narrow defense against fellow speedster Masayuki Ito on February 9th. This bout was another highly anticipated contest and was one of the most competitive of the Champion Carnival match ups with not a lot separating the two slick fighters. We'll now see Naito return on June 6th at the Korakuen Hall as he takes on Nihito Arakawa in another potentially mouth watering clash.
The Fight Spirit award was won by Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada (10-0, 8) who scored a really impressive victory against Hayato Hokazono on March 7th. Okada was the big favourite going in, so a win was no surprise, but the manner of his victory was excellent as he took the fight to Hokazono and beat him down in double quick fashion. This was Okada's second defense of the title and it showed his maturity since winning the belt.
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