UCHIYAMA NAMED JAPANfS BOXER OF THE YEAR


January 24, 2016

TOKYO, JAPAN

WBA super-featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama was named Boxer of the Year by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) in association with Sports Writers Club on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Uchiyama, 36, remained unbeaten as he demolished Jomthong Chuwatana in May and Oliver Flores in December to extend his number of defenses to eleven. Other awardees are as follows:

TECHNIQUE: WBC bantam titlist Shinsuke Yamanaka who registered ten consecutive defenses by outscoring Ansermo Moreno

VALUABLE VICTORY: WBA flyweight ruler Kazuto Ioka who stopped ex-champ Juan Carlos Reveco in a rematch on New Year Eve

FIGHTING SPIRIT: IBF junior flyweight kingpin Akira Yaegashi who acquired his third belt by dethroning Javier Mendoza this December, and former WBC 130-pound champ Takashi Miura who displayed such a gallant give-and-take showing against Francisco Vargas in Las Vegas that the extravaganza was elected Fight of the Year by many medias

EFFORTS: WBC light-flyweight titleholder Yu Kimura, WBA 108-pound champ Ryoichi Taguchi, WBA super-flyweight ruler Kohei Kono and WBO minimum titlist Kosei Tanaka

KNOCKOUT: Uchiyama and WBO junior bantam champ Naoya Inoue who made a fine comeback and showed his awesome power-punching in dispatching top contender Warlito Parenas in just two rounds after a one-year hiatus due to a hand injury this December

ROOKIE AWARD: Unbeaten Japanese 130-pound champ Kenichi Ogawa and OPBF super-fly ruler Takuma Inoue, the younger brother of gMonsterh Naoya

FIGHT OF THE YEAR: Takashi Miura vs. Francisco Vargas in Las Vegas last November

FEMALE BOXER OF THE YEAR: WBO bantamweight champ Naoko Fujioka who acquired her third world belt

FEMALE FIGHT OF THE YEAR: Light-flyweight unification bout between WBC champ Momo Koseki and WBA Ayaka Miyao in October (Koseki unified the belt by a unanimous decision)

Should you be a fight scribe here in Japan where, celebrating a golden era, we have had such excellent champions as Uchiyama, Yamanaka, Ioka, Inoue and others?totaling no less than nine Japanese world titleholders?you will have difficulty selecting one Boxer of the Year, but Uchiyama must be a good choice thanks to his remarkable performance. The modest-speaking champ is rumored to defend his WBA super belt against also unbeaten Nicholas Walters in his next bout in the US. If so, Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20 KOs), nicknamed KO Dynamite, is highly expected to show his offensive and defensive ability before knowledgeable and hard-core spectators there.

(1-24-2016)


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