Sources in Japan have informed us that rising Japanese youngster Kento Hatanaka (10-0, 9) [畑中 建人] has now got his next bout set!
The talented and heavy handed puncher was given a serious test in August, when he took a decision over Jaysever Abcede in a bout that saw both men being dropped, and it seems that his team are set to keep him fighting at the same type of level.
The source has informed us that the youngster will be defending his WBC Youth Flyweight title against fellow youngster Roland Jay Biendima (15-5-1, 8), on February 11th, on the next "Soul Fighting" show from Hatanaka promotions, run by Kento's father Kiyoshi Hatanaka.
Hatanaka is looking to follow in his father's footsteps, with his father being a former world champion. To date he has looked incredibly talented, but the win over Abcede saw real questions being asked of him, and it will be interesting to see how he responds to such a tough fight.
As for Biendima hos most notable results are all losses, losing a split decision to Taiyo Inoue in November 2018, a loss to upcoming world title challenger Wulan Tuolehazi this past January and losing a decision to talented Chinese fighter Bin Zhou in May of this year. He will be a clear under-dog but will enter the bout knowing that the pressure is on Hatanaka, and not himself.
At the moment no other bouts for the show have been announced, though it's always great to see Hatanaka in action, and he is genuinely one of the most exciting young Japanese fighters out there.
To begin the global streaming of Kosei Tanaka's (13-0, 7) [田中恒成] world title bout against Puerto Rican Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13) international fans had the chance to see Tanaka's stablemate Kento Hatanaka (10-0, 9) [畑中 建人] take on world ranked Filipino southpaw Jaysever Abcede (19-9, 12).
The bout, which was only available to an international audience and not actually available live in Japan, was a huge step up in class for Hatanaka and he seemed to realise it immediately. The youngster, who is usually a super aggressive fighter, showed a lot of early respect to Abcede, who's record is very misleading. Rather than his usual style Hatanaka applied good intelligence to his work, looked for holes and kept his combinations to basic stuff.
Abcede, for the most part, applied the pressure, coming forward behind a tight guard and tried to counter when Tanaka opened up. This was a level of defensive ring smarts that Tanaka had never had to solve before, and not only was Abcede smart but he also had Hatanaka's respect with his power.
After 2 interesting rounds to begin with Hatanaka managed to get a big break through in round 3, when he dropped Abcede with a combination. Abcede easily beat the count, and didn't look badly hurt, with the knockdown appearing more like a balance issue when Abcede over-comited, but Hatanaka seemed grow from the knockdown and later in the round landed some gorgeous uppercuts.
The Filipino managed to even up the knockdown count the following round as he turned the heat up and dragged Hatanaka into a fire fight, hurting the youngster and following up with a series of power shots to send Hatanaka. Hatanaka was shaken before going down, for the first time as a professional, and Abcede seemed to smell the upset. The Filipino continued pressing through round 4 before the bell came, giving Hatanaka a minutes respite. The round was sensational, though it seemed to sum up the inexperience of Hatanaka, who was too willing to exchange.
In round 5 Hatanaka managed to show signs of recovering, not just physically but also mentally, as he started to create distance and counter more. It was the countering that was really eye catching and saw him rock Abcede, who looked hurt for a moment. Later in the round Hatanaka again seemed to shake Abcede, and he launched a huge combination in the final seconds, but the bell came, this time to give Abcede some respite.
After 3 really brilliant rounds, from round 3 to round 5, we saw the pace slow somewhat in round 6 with Hatanaka again getting on his toes and and using his speed and movement to out box Abcede. He seemed to want to do the same in round 7, as he looked to keep some gas in reserve, though Abcede began to press more, causing an accidental clash of heads which left Hatanaka cut on his left eye.
With the cut, as well as tiredness Hatanaka began to falter again and Abcede tried to intensify his pressure, relying on his experience to try and turn the fight back in his favour. Thankfully for the youngster Abcede seemed too tired himself to turn the heat up in round 8, allowing Hatanaka to control more of the tempo through the 3 minutes, despite Abcede certainly having moments in the round.
In the penultimate round Hatanaka, who had never been beyond 8 beforre, was dragged back into a war again, landing body shots up close and pushing Abcede around. This lead to Abcede landing some good shots off the ropes as tiredness again seemed to effect Hatanaka mid-way through the round. This was the point where the experience of the Filipino began to show again whilst Hatanaka went to his corner stumbling and looking like someone who was really feeling the pace.
Round 10 again saw Abcede relying on his experience, bouncing on his toes, making it look like he was busy, even when neither man was really doing much. Both spent much of the round posturing, looking, searching, but not throwing, yet to eye it was Abcede who looked the fresher man and the one with something in the tank. After around 2 minutes of nothing a fighter began to break out, with both landing solid shots in the final minute, as the pace turned up for an excellent finish.
After 10 rounds we went to the judges who had the bout scored 95-93, 96-93, 96-92 all in favour of Hatanaka who retains his unbeaten record, but had to work incredibly hard for it. The cards felt a bit wide, but it's hard to argue with the winner.
For Hatanaka, the son of former world champion and now gym Kiyoshi Hatanaka, this was a real gut check. This was the test he needed and although it ends his KO streak he'll have learned so much from this bout. A really, really good test.
Fo Abcede he, again, showed that he's the type of fighter who will give prospects a tough, tough, ask, and following recent wins over the likes of Stamp Kiatniwat and Seigo Yuri Akui, and a very credible performance against Ivan Soriano back in late 2012. This performance will almost certainly see him being invited back to Japan to test another Japanese prospect in the near future.
According to reliable Japanese sources former world title challenger Genesis Servania (32-2, 15) has been added to the August 24th card at the Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, in Nagoya. Not only has he been added to the card, but we also know his opponent for the show.
The talented, though flawed, Servania was last seen in action back in February, when he was almost shut out by the talented, but light hitting, Carlos Castro in Fresno California. That bout showed how limited Servania was when a fighter moved, and used speed and movement, rather than stood and traded with him, as Oscar Valdez did in their thrilling 2017 WBO world title fight. Sadly the loss to Castro killed all the momentum that Servania had and has left his career in need of a real rebuild from the Kashimi Gym which now manage him.
The first step of that rebuilding process will see Servania take on limited Indonesian journeyman Erick Deztroyer (12-5-1, 3) in an 8 round bout being fought at a contracted 57.6KG's, or just under 127lbs.
As mentioned this will be Servania's first bout since losing to Castro in February. For Deztroyer however it will be his first bout since being dominated in April by Mark Magsayo, who stopped him in 4 rounds. That was Deztroyer's first bout in over a year, and he really took a hammering before being stopped, in what was his second stoppage loss. Interestingly this will be the second time Deztroyer has fought in Japan, and the second time he'll have fought a former world title challenger, having lost to Hiroshige Osawa in November 2017 in Sanda, Hyogo.
The bout has been added as a swing bout on the card which will be headlined by Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) defending his WBO Flyweight title against mandatory challenger Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13) of Puerto Rico. That card will also feature Kento Hatanaka (9-0, 9) [畑中 建人]taking on world ranked Filipino Jaysever Abcede (19-8, 12).
.Earlier today at the Aioi Hall in Kariya Japanese fight fans had the chance to see a trio of notable prospects in action, all 3 of which managed to net wins against international opponents.
The first of the trio in action was Koshin Takeshima (4-0, 3) [竹嶋宏心], who was forced to work really hard to over-come hard hitting and tough Filipino Jon Jon Estrada (11-7-1, 10). Coming in to this bout both men were in the the WBO Asia Pacific rankings, and the bout looked like a really good one on paper.
Given that Takeshima had had things pretty much all his own way through his first 3 fights this was a genuine test, and Estrada didn't come to lose. Instead the Filipino got in the ring and brought his typical pressure, giving Takeshima problems, though the talented Japanese youngster did do enough to rack up the rounds.
After 8 rounds Takeshima took the decision 79-73, twice, and 79-74, to gain his most meaningful win and likely put himself on he verge of a regional title fight.
The second prospect to pick up a win was the exciting Kento Hatanaka (9-0, 9) [畑中 建人], who did was expected and blitzed limited Indonesian foe Thomas Tope Hurek (3-4-1, 1) inside a round. The talented Hatanaka, who will be in action in August against Jaysever Abcede, dropped his man with a right hand and Hurek was unable to beat the count. Officially this KO was scored at 2:11 in round 1 and Hatanaka will have shaken some rust before his bout with Abcede.
The third prospect was Takuya Mizuno (17-1-1, 14) [水野拓哉] who was given the toughest test by far, as he narrowly over-came former OPBF champion Roli Gasca (25-9-1, 8). The 24 year old Mizuno seemed to have the edge in power and size, but Gasca's experience saw him neutralise a lot of Mizuno's work, whilst doing well with his own shots, landing clean blows on the Japanese fight, especially to the body. It was a really hard one to score but in the end the home crowd seem to just help Mizuno over the line, as he took the majority decision. After 8 rounds the judges had this one 76-76 and 77-75, twice, for Mizuno.
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It appears that the next few weeks could be busy ones for the unbeaten Japanese fighter Kento Hatanaka (8-0, 8) [畑中 建人], who is now pencilled in for fights in both July and August.
His July bout, which has been known about for quite some time, is a stay busy bout on July 20th, pencilled in to take place at the Aioi Hall in Kariya against limited Indonesian foe Thomas Tope Hurek (3-3-1, 1).
It's now been revealed however that just over a month later Hatanaka will take on his most notable foe to date, world ranked Filipino Jaysever Abcede (19-8, 12), as part of the under-card for Kosei Tanaka's (13-0, 7) [田中恒成] world title defense against Puerto Rican Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13).
Hatanaka was on the poster for the event, and although his opponent wasn't immediately known Japanese sources have stated it will be Abcede.
The Filipino fighter has a limited looking record, but is currently in good form having won his last 4, including stoppages over Stamp Kiatniwat in May 2018 and Seigo Yuri Akui last October. Originally it seemed like he would be returning to Japan for a rematch with Akui but that has yet to materialise, leaving us with Hatanaka's biggest test instead.
We've got our fingers crossed that this bout will be made available to an international audience, and we've reached out to CBC in the hope of continuing our working relationship with the Chukyo broadcaster, which allowed us to bring Tanaka's last 2 world title fights to a Western audience live, and for free!
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