IBF female Light Flyweight champion Naoko Shibata (14-3, 4) has had a good start to the year. A week ago she over-came the tough challenge of Saemi Hanagata to record the 3rd defence of her world title and today she was honoured by the IBF.
The IBF have selected Shibata as the female boxing MVP for 2014 giving her the distinct honour of becomign the first Japanese female fighter to ever be selected as the annual MVP by any of the big world title bodies.
Shibata did have a great 2014 in the ring with 2 world title defenses. The first of those was a clear decision win over the "better than her record suggests" Guadalupe Martinez in March whilst in August she became the first fighter to stop the highly experienced Ana Arrazola, as Shibata forced a 9th stoppage of the tough Mexican southpaw.
From what we understand Shibata will be able to collect her award in May at the IBF convention in Montreal.
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