Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a trio of guests take to the ring to recieve their Japanese boxing awards for March.
The firghters in question were Ryuichi Funai (27-7, 19) [船井 龍一], who was awarded the MVP award for March for claiming the Japanese Flyweight title, the new crowned OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake (28-2-3, 12) [大竹 秀典], who won the Fighting Spirit Award, and Ayumi Goto (6-0, 4) [後藤あゆみ], who claimed the OPBF female Super Bantamweight title and the State of the Art award.
As well as recieving the awards the three fighters also spoke to the crowd. Funai thanked those who had supported him, and made it clear he wasn't going to be giving up his title and Otake admitted he was becoming an old man and was looking to have a big 2017.
Goto however spoke about more direct plans, including her next bout, which will take place later this month in Hong Kong. She sounded like she was looking to excite fans and make female boxing more popular.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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