Earlier today saw the Japanese boxing awards ceremony at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. The ceremony saw a number of fighters given the awards that they won at the start of the year for their achievements in 2014 and also saw a number of fighters talk about their future.
The big winner was WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) who won the MVP award alongside the KO of the Year and the Fight of the year for his win over Omar Andres Narvaez. The "Monster" was the first triple award winner in long time and was also awarded his own WBO world title belt at the ceremony.
Another man to win multiple awards was Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2) who was awarded the "State of the Art" award, effectively as the most promising prospect, as well as the domestic fight of the year for his excellent win over Ryuji Hara for the OPBF Minimumweight title.
Whilst Inoue and Tanaka were the only professional men to win multiple awards they weren't the only honourees.
The "Skills Award" went to WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16), who won the award for the second time. Notable Yamanaka was also awarded the "Best Dressed Athlete" at a separate awards ceremony on Thursday. The "Distinguished Service" award was won by the always fun to Katsunari Takayama (28-7-0-1, 11), who ended the year as the first ever Japanese "Grandslam" champion.
Amazingly all the other male professional awards were shared. These included the "Effort Award" which was shared by Ryota Murata (6-0, 4) and Ryoichi Taguchi (21-2-1, 8) and the "Fighting Spirit" award which was shared 3-ways with Akira Yaegashi (20-5, 10) picking up the award for the 3rd time alongside Takashi Uchiyama (22-0-1, 18) and Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19).
As well as the men there was also female who were honoured. The female MVP was, unsurprisingly, Momo Koseki (19-2-1, 6) whilst the female fight of the year was the brilliant contest between Naoko Fujioka and Tomoko Kawanishi.
As well as then awards there a number of other awards. These included several "Special award" winners, included Nobuo Nashiro, Ryol Li Lee, Yoko Gushiken and the late Masao Oba who were all being honoured. The other two awards were decided by the members of the JBC, with the JBC Commission honour going to Jorge Linares (38-3, 25) whilst the JBC Support Club award was won by Kohei Kono (20-8-1, 13), after Takashi Miura declined the award.
Alongside the professional fighters were also amateurs fighters who were also awarded various honours.
The "Excellent player" award in the amateurs was shared between Masatsugu Kawachi and female fighter Madoka Wada. The skills award was won by the excellent Daisuke Narimatsu, Shota Hayashida won the Distinguished Service Medal and the Fighting Spirit award was won by Yasuhiro Suzuki.
Sadly we've been unable to recognise the remaining amateur winners.
(Image courtesy of Boxingnews.jp)
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