Earlier today unbeaten Japanese fighter Hiroki Hanabusa (6-0-3, 2) [英洸貴] posted an image showing a list of bouts set to take place on December 15th in Japan. Not only was Hanabusa included on the list, in the chief support bout, but saw was a very interesting 10 round main event.
The 20 year year old Hanabusa is scheduled to fight in an 8 round contest on the card against Chinese fighter Baolin Kang (6-2, 1) in a Super Bantamweight bout. This will see Kang dropping back down in weight, after bouts at and above the Featherweight limit, whilst Hanabusa, who was last seen fighting in China in October, will remain at his natural weight class.
In another support bout Japanese based Venezuelan Omrri Bolivar (8-2, 3), aka Piccolo Bolivar, will take on Chinese fighter A Fu Bai (8-3, 5), in an 8 round bout at a contracted 136lbs. This looks like a really good match up and a very even looking one.
The main event is, however, the big talking point and will see former world title challenger Genesis Servania (33-2, 16) battle former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (53-7, 35), aka Panya Uthok, in a 10 round bout at a contracted 127lbs. This will be Servania's second bout since losing to Carlos Castro in the US back in February, whilst Pungluang will be looking to avoid a 5th loss in 6 bouts, and will be hoping to bounce back following a loss in August to Mark Magsayo.
The card, for those interested in attending, will take place at the Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall.
A huge things to Hiroki Hanabusa for sharing this list!
Earlier today we saw confirmation of a Chinese card set for October 17th in Shanghai, China. The card isn't a huge one, but is a very interesting one with several bouts of note featuring at least one fighter who is worthy of attention.
The main event will see world ranked Chinese Flyweight Wulan Tuolehazi (12-3-1, 5) [乌兰] battle against Satoshi Tanaka (7-5, 1) [田中公士].
Tuolehazi, dubbed the "Tianshan Snow Leopard", will be making his second defense of the WBA International Flyweight title that he won back in March in a bout against Ryota Yamauchi. As for Tanaka this will be his first bout outside of Japan and first title bout, and obvious he enters as the big under-dog against a man who is ranked in the top 5 by the WBA and the top 15 by the WBO.
Another significant bout will see WBO Youth Light Flyweight champion Xiang Li (7-2-1, 2) [李翔] take on excellent Japanese challenger Ryu Horikawa (2-0, 1) [堀川龍] in a truly mouth watering match up.
Li won his title back in May, when he defeated Raymong Poon KaiChing in Hong Kong, claiming a number of minor titles including the one he will defend against Horikawa. He has looked promising but this looks like a major step up for him, given that Horikawa was a standout amateur who recently scored a fantastic win over Yuki Nakajima and is tipped to race to the top.
Another bout of interest here will see unbeaten Japanese fighter Hiroki Hanabusa (6-0-2, 2) [英洸貴] take on 23 year old Chinese fighter Ayati Sailike (7-8-2-1, 2) in an 8 round bout. There isn't much to say about the Chinese fighter however Hanabusa won the 2018 All Japan Rookie of the Year and should be regarded as a genuine prospect. A win for Hanabusa on Chinese soil would be a major boost to his fledgling career.
The 2018 Super Bantamweight Rookie of the Year was one of the most anticipated match ups at today's Korakuen Hall show, as it pitted Koki Mioya (5-1-2) [三尾谷昂希] against Hiroki Hanabusa (5-0-2, 2) [英洸貴] in a bout that looked very hard to call. The bout lived up to some of those expectations, with both men having their moments in a competitive and compelling bout, though one that didn't seem to quite catch fire as we had hoped.
The fight regularly saw southpaw Mioya using smart footwork to fight on the outside, moving around Hanabusa and using his southpaw jab to try and control the distance. Hanabusa on the other hand looked to bring the pressure and force a fight. Early on Mioya was happy to have a fight with Hanabusa, esp towards the end of round 1, but as the fight went on Mioya became more reluctant to stand his ground.
Although Mioya didn't want to stand and trade he was having real success on the outside and managed to tie up, regularly, when Hanabusa got too close. It wasn't pretty, but it worked to shut down the offense of Hanabusa who continued to be the one pressing the fight to the final bell. By the however the bout had become a frustrating affair with Mioya's holding causing regular breaks in action.
Given the highly competitive nature it was a hard bout to call as we went to the final bell, and in the end we went to the judges, who struggled to split the fighters with two scorecards of 48-48. The third card however favoured Hanabusa, 48-47, giving him the Rookie of the Year crown on the dominant point rule.
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