The annual Rookie of the Year competition is one of the most interesting parts of the Japanese boxing year. We know not all the winners go on to become world champions but for many fighters this is their opportunity to make a name for themselves.
The idea of making a name for themselves was certainly seen when Shohei Kawashima battled against Shisato Okuma in a very competitive bout that saw both men fighting hard in an attempt to make it to the All Japan Rookie of the Year final. We won't pretend this was a FOTY contender but it was what the Rookie of the Year bouts are all about, promise, skills and will to win and credit to both men for fighting such a competitive and even contest.
(Video courtesy of nov K)
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