Early on Christmas saw the announcement of the December winners of the Japanese monthly awards, the final monthly awards of the year, and it was a good day for Teiken.
The MVP for the month was Teiken's heavy handed Super Featherweight Kenichi Ogawa (17-1, 14) who claimed the OPBF title on December 14th when he beat the previously unbeaten Rikki Naito via technical decision. The win for Ogawa was a coming out win and he's now proven that he deserves to be regarded among th eother top emerging Super Featherweights from Japan, including Naito and Masayuki Ito.
The Fighting Spirit award was won by Ogawa's Teiken stablemate Yasutaka Ishimoto (27-8, 7), who claimed the Japanese Super Bantamweight title on December 21st when he beat Yusaku Kuga in a thriller for the then vacant title.
The State of the Art award was also won by a Super Bantamweight, Renji Ichimura (6-2, 5). Ichumura was the winner in this year's Rookie of the Year at 122lbs, when he stopped fellow finalists Takaaki Kanai in just 96 seconds.
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