Today saw the Japanese boxing awards for April being announced with a great selection of winners.
The MVP for the month was Japanese Light Flyweight champion Yu Kimura (16-2-1, 3), who made the 3rd defense of his Japanese title on April 4th when he stopped Hayato Yamaguchi in 8 rounds. Yamaguchi had been a late replacement for Shin Ono, who suffered an injury just a few weeks before the bout, but the star really was Kimura who looked stronger than ever in dealing with his foe. It really was a spectacular performance by the champion.
The Fighting Spirit award winner was the destructive Keita Obara (14-1, 13) who retained the OPBF Light Welterweight crown with a 6th round TKO against Yuya Okazaki on April 13th. The bout was really exciting until Obara let loose in round 6 and detonated some vicious shots on Okazaki who was saved by the referee. Before scoring the stoppage Obara was forced to eat some solid left hands from Okazaki, who came out of the bout looking better in defeat than he had looked going in.
The State of the Art award was won by plucky under-dog Tatsuya Otsubo (8-6-1, 3) who surprisingly upset Akihiko Katagiri on April 24th. That win was, by far, the best of win of Otsubo's career and he has now won 6 in a row to totally turn his career around after a 2-6-1 start to life as a professional boxer.
The awards will be presented on June 6th at the Teiken promoted card at the Korakuen Hall.
(Image courtesy of Teiken.com)
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