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Yamanaka Beats Ioka For Japan's 'Fighter of The Year'

By Hisao Adachi 
   
On Tuesday, journalists from Tokyo and Osaka held their yearly voting process that was overseen by the JBC [Japan Boxing Commission], to select the most prominent fighters of 2013 in Japan. The ceremony to present the honored awards will take place on January 24 at the luxurious Tokyo Hotel in the Tokyo Dome.

Undefeated WBC bantamweight world champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (20-0-2, 15KOs, 31 years old and Teiken Boxing Gym in Tokyo, was chosen as the "Best Boxer of the Year" - beating Kazuto Ioka, the undefeated junior flyweight champion of the WBA.

The recent fight between Takashi Uchiyama and Daiki Kaneko, which took place on New Year's Eve, was deservedly chosen as the "Best Fight of the Year." Uchiyama survived a knockdown to move forward and win a unanimous decision for his eighth title defense.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by any craic lad? on 01-08-2014

Yamanaka deserved it imo.It'd be great if at some stage this year we got to see Yama vs Moreno a real fight for division supremacy

Comment by bigcursedawg on 01-08-2014

[QUOTE=RockyIV;14112004]I think Felix Alvarado was a good test for Ioka, he showed a great chin to compliment his superb boxing skills in that fight. The Japanese scene looks set to be really hot this year.[/QUOTE] That was by far his…

Comment by MBE on 01-08-2014

[QUOTE=bigcursedawg;14111984]There's no question Yamanaka had a better run in 2013. 3 solid wins all by ko and stopped Guevara, something Santa Cruz couldn't do. His win against Nieves was the weakest of his 3 wins las year but the fashion…

Comment by bigcursedawg on 01-08-2014

There's no question Yamanaka had a better run in 2013. 3 solid wins all by ko and stopped Guevara, something Santa Cruz couldn't do. His win against Nieves was the weakest of his 3 wins las year but the fashion…

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