Earlier today saw the Japanese annual award winner being announce for this past year.
The MVP for the year was Takashi Uchiyama [内山高志 ] who earned the award on the back of stoppage wins against Jomthong Chuwatana and Oliver Flores.
The Skills Award was won by Shinsuke Yamanaka [山中慎介], who scored a 7th round KO win against Diego Ricardo Santillan and a controversial decision against Anselmo Moreno.
The distinguished service award was claimed by Kazuto Ioka [井岡一翔], who became Japan's second 3 weight world world champion and claimed two wins against Juan Carlos Reveco as well as a victory against Roberto Domingo Sosa.
The Fighting Spirit award was a shared award, shared between IBF Light Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi [八重樫東] and former WBC Super Featherweight champion Takashi Miura [三浦隆司].
The "Effort Award" was also a shared award with WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono [河野公平], WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi [田口良一], WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka [田中恒成] and Yu Kimura [木村悠] all sharing the award.
A third award that was shared was the "State of the Art" award which was jointly won by OPBF Super Flyweight champion Takuma Inoue [井上拓真] and Japanese Super Featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa [尾川堅一].
The KO Award was another shared one won by Naoya Inoue [井上尚弥] and Uchiyama, giving "KO Dynamite" his second award.
The best bout of the year was done in 3 ways. The best "World title Match" was one by the Super Featherweight bout between Takashi Miura and Francisco Vargas, the best Japanese title fight was the Light Flyweight title bout between Kenichi Horikawa [堀川謙] and Ken Shiro [拳四朗], whilst the female fight of the year was the WBA/WBC Atomweight unification bout between Momo Koseki [小関 桃] and Ayaka Miyao [宮尾綾香].
Staying with female action, the female fighter of the year was WBO female Bantamweight champion Naoko Fujioka [藤岡奈穂子] who became the first female Japanese fighter to become a 3-weight world champion.
As well as the awards mentioned above, there was 4 special awards these included Nobuhiro Ishida [石田順裕].
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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