Earlier today at the Korakuen saw 3 Japanese champions being honoured with awards won as part of the Champions Carnival.
The MVP of the Champions Carnival was Bantamweight champion Shohei Omori (14-0, 9) who really impressed as he destroyed Kentaro Masuda to win the title in an eye opening performance. That victory saw Omori become the first Japanese champion from Kyoto since 1980 and really put him on the map for fans who hadn't taken a note of him in the past.
The Skills award went to Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito (12-0, 5) who retained his title with a very narrow win over Masayuki Ito. Naito, who retained his title for the 3rd time, is now preparing for a bout with Nihito Arakawa and a potential move to Lightweight is being rumoured if he's successful against Arakawa.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by Japanese Light Welterweight Hiroki Okada (10-0, 8) who stopped Hayato Hokazono in 3 rounds. That was Okada's second defense of the title and was a brilliant performance with excitement and aggression being at the heart of it.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp, right-to-left Okada, Omori and Naito)
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