Earlier today Japanese fans in Gifu had the chance to see rising local prospect Genki Hanai (7-0, 5) [華井 玄樹] battle against Thailand's Poomsak Saknarong (0-1-1), who lasted less than a round with the unbeaten Japanese fighter.
Hanai, who took the bout as a tune up ahead of a Japanese title fight, needed just seconds to land a devastating body shot on Poomsak who crumpled to the canvas where he was counted out. In total the bout lasted just 32 seconds,giving Hanai less of a tune up and more of an exhibition outing, with the exciting fighter hardly breaking a sweat.
The bout was the main event of the show,and although it was short it did serve a purpose, giving Hanai a few moments in the ring and giving local fans a chance to see him in what was really a straight forward showing.
For Poomsak the bout was one that he'll be hoping to forget in a hurry, it was a terrible effort, a nasty shot that finished him off and did little to make fans want to see him again. In fact we'd not be shocked if he was added to the JBC's banned boxer's list.
For those interested the key under-card bout saw Reiko Sugiyama (8-6-3, 6) [杉山 令耕] score a 4th round TKO win against Shohei Fujimoto (9-7-3, 8) [藤本 翔平].
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In August we reported that Genki Hanai (6-0, 4) [華井 玄樹], would be returning to the ring on October 10th at the Juroku Plaza in Gifu, where he will be facing Thailand's Poomsak Saknarong (0-0-1).
Now whilst that bout isn't great we do enjoy watching Hanai, a well regarded prospect who is exciting, aggressive, well schooled and fun to watch. With that in mind we're glad to learn that Hanai's bout, and the whole Gifu Carnival card, will be featured on Japanese pay-site A-sign as a pay for card, likely costing around the ¥500 mark.
The rest of the card is relatively weak, in fact it's literally a line of of low level regional fighters, however getting the chance to see Hanai in action against before he fights for a title, possible as early as January 2017, is something we're looking forward to.
At the moment it's one of two cards that A-sign will be showing in October along with Dynamite Punch 102 which takes place on October 11th. We are however expecting at least one more addition to the A-sign schedule as they begin to grow their library of content and become a major force in the delivery of video content. We do however hope they will begin to show more live content, rather than just delayed footage and documentary style footage.
Genki Hanai to return in October!
Over the last 24 hours we have been informed that Japanese hopeful Genki Hanai (6-0, 4) [華井 玄樹], a former amateur star on the domestic scene, will make his return on October 10th at the Juroku Plaza in Gifu. Sadly for Hanai he has missed out on a title and will instead be facing Thailand's Poomsak Saknarong (0-0-1)*, who we believe will be fighting for the first time since a 2014 technical draw against Keisuke Nakayama in Fukuoka.
The talented, and much touted, 25 year old, will be fighting for the first time since he scored a win against Il Che way back in March, essentially ending what has been a frustrating year for the Gifu local. It had been a year beginning with real promise but it seems like the year has been a relative write off. Thankfully however 2017 promises to be a much better year for the Gifu man, who will almost certainly get a title bout, be it Japanese, OPBF or WBO Pacific.
At the moment little of interest is listed for the under-card however the focus will clearly be on Hanai, who has promised a lot but is yet to truly deliver.
Earlier today Japanese prospect Genki Hanai (6-0, 4) [華井 玄樹] was in action in his 4th successive 8 rounder. The talented Japanese youngster, who has been tipped for big things from his debut, continued his unbeaten run with a decision win over the more experienced Il Che (7-11-5, 1) [諸 一宇].
The bout was a viewed as a potential warm up bout for Hanai before a possible title fight later in the year.
From reports online the bout was an action packed one and that it was "fierce" however Hanai's own view on the bout was that it was "pathetic", suggesting his performance wasn't up to the standard the he expected.
Now it seems likely that Hanai will be moved towards a title bout in the near future, though thee is some questions as to whether it will be at 105lbs or 108lbs, with today's bout taking place at a little bit over 109lbs. So far Hanai has bounced around between 107lbs and 110lbs though he is ranked at 105lbs and it's likely that he could make the weight if a title opportunity was offered.
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On Saturday in Gifu fans had the chance to see local prospect Genki Hanai (5-0, 4) continue his unbeaten run as he over-came countryman Junya Nishikawa (7-7-2, 2), stopping Nishikawa in the 2nd round.
The promising, and aggressively minded, Hanai took control of the bout early and used a combination of his physical strength and his well rounded boxing skills, to work out then break down Nishikawa.
Following the bout Hanai's team made it clear that they would be targeting title bouts in early 2016 with an option to either go for the Japanese title, which is to see a new champion crowned in late November, or the OPBF title, which is held by former world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong. At the moment however it seems no decision has been made on which option to take.
For those who haven't seen the 25 year old in action before he is another of Japan's really exciting novices rising through the ranks. His rise through the Minimumweight division is expected to speed up in 2016 and we could well see him involved in world level bouts by the end of 2017.
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