Earlier today our attention turned to Nagoya where Sho Kimura and Kosei Tanaka put on a Fight of the Year contender over the WBO Flyweight title.
On the same card fans at the venue had another title fight to see, with "Prince" Kento Hatanaka (7-0, 7) [畑中 建人] battling against Aprilianto Rumahpasal (1-3, 1) for the WBC Youth Flyweight title.
This was a notable bout for the 20 year old, who was fighting for his first title, and despite some early tension Hatanaka was the boss.
The ropes had to keep the Indonesian upright in round 3 before Hatanaka dropped his man in round 5. The visitor recovered from the knockdown in round 5, but the follow up attack forced the referee to stop the bout and give Hatanaka his 7th stoppage win!
It's worth noting that Hatanaka is the son of former world champion Kiyoshi Hatanaka, who also promotes the youngster, and it seems likely that Kiyoshi will begin to guide Kento to more notable fights in the very near future. Japanese and OPBF titles might be out of his reach for now, but they won't be for long and we suggest fans remember his name.
Also on the under-card was the touted Koshin Takeshima (2-0, 2) [竹嶋 宏心], who stopped Kiki Marciano (1-3) in the second round.
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Tomorrow fight fans will get the chance to see a WBO world title fight as Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10) [木村翔] defends his belt against mandatory challenger Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) [田中恒成]. It's worth nothing however the the show will actually feature two title bouts, with Kento Hatanaka (6-0, 6) [畑中 建人] facing Indonesian foe Aprilianto Rumahpasal (1-2, 1) in a bout for the WBC Youth Flyweight title.
Today "Prince" Hatanaka and Rumahpasal took part in their weigh in, and despite not being given the weigh in specifics we have been told that both fighters have made the 112lb limit.
This bout will be Rumahpasal's first outside of Indonesia and will also be the first title bout for both men, with Hatanaka expected to go on to have an exceptional career in the years' to come, following his father and promoter Kiyoshi Hatanaka, a former world champion.
Sadly this bout doesn't appear to be part of the live stream we've secured for the Asianboxing homepage, though the feed will carry the main event between Kimura and Tanaka.
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On September 24th we'll see WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10) [木村翔] defend his belt against mandatory challenger Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) [田中恒成] in a mouth watering match up on CBC. It's now been revealed that that won't be the only title bout on the card.
The other title bout, was was revealed recently, will see unbeaten puncher Kento Hatanaka (6-0, 6) [畑中 建人] take on Indonesian foe Aprilianto Rumahpasal (1-2, 1) in a bout for the WBC Youth Flyweight title.
The match up isn't the most attractive on paper, but it is a chance for the 20 year old "Prince" Hatanaka to become a "King" and claim his first professional title, with more likely to come in the near future, as he steps up his competition and begins to chase national and regional honours.
The exciting Hatanaka, the son of former world champion Kiyoshi Hatanaka, has often been in a supporting role for Tanaka, as he is again here, and it looks likely that a win here could be the final time he acts as a supporting before branching out to become a championship fighter in his own right. It's also a safe looking first title bout, taking on a man who will be fighting on foreign soil for the first time.
Not too much is known about the Indonesian foe though he made his debut in April 2017, when he lost a 6 round decision to Hisar Mawan. He would fight all 3 of his bouts last year, and has been inactive since a December loss to Yohanis Tatul. He's not expected to put up much of a threat to Hatanaka, but he's yet to be stopped, and iut's unlikely that the Japanese fighter will want to see his perfect KO record end here.
It's also been confirmed that former Japanese title challenger Yushi Tanaka (21-2-3, 14) [田中裕士] will be on the card, against Rusli Yanto (2-1), and the highly regarded Koshin Takeshima (1-0, 1) [竹嶋 宏心] will be battling against Kiki Marciano (1-2).
This past Saturday Kento Hatanaka (5-0, 5) [畑中 建人] scored a career best win, as he stopped former Japanese title challenger Kenta Matsui (8-8, 1) [松井謙太] and put himself into the domestic title mix almost immediately. Today it was revealed that he's going to be busy in 2018, and his next bout has already been pencilled in for May 20th.
At the moment his opponent for the show hasn't been announced but it is known he will be in the headline bout of the card, in an 8 rounder as he is forced to carry the show in some ways.
The 19 year old, who turns 20 just over a week before this show, has looked highly impressive so far and his win over Matsui showed just how promising he is. His father, and promoter, Kiyoshi Hatanaka appears to have serious belief in the youngster and is looking at this coming bout as a chance to progress his son through the rankings and further push him towards a title fight of some sort. Although it's clear that he will be fighting for lesser titles in the near future his father was walking about titles at a press event earlier today, as Kento looks to follow in the footsteps of his father, himself a former WBC Super Bantamweight champion.
We're expecting to see Hatanaka's opponent for the show announced later this month, and although it's unlikely to match up to Matsui the bout will be the next step forward for Hatanaka, who seems likely to shine once again and move himself, in some ways, from the shadows of his stable mate, and former 2-weight champion Kosei Tanaka.
Earlier today Japanese fight fans had the chance to see rising prospect Kento Hatanaka (5-0, 5) [畑中 建人] take a huge step up in class, and shine as he stopped former Japanese title challenger Kenta Matsui (8-8, 1) [松井謙太].
The talented youngster, who had fought just 10 rounds prior to today's bout, took control of this one very early as he inflicted a cut on Matsui's left eye in the opening round.
The cut was a huge target for Hatanaka who looked sharp and accurate as he tagged at the cut with his jab. The cut worsened as the fight went on, and twice forced a doctors inspection in round 4.
The cut was clearly a growing issue for the fighter, and officials, but in the end it wasn't the key factor in the fight with Hatanaka hurting Matsui in round 5 and forcing the referee to stop the bout as Hatanaka began to unload.
This is a second straight loss for Matsui, who also lost in a Japanese Minimumweight title fight in December against champion Reiya Konish. It should be noted however that this is is only his second stoppage loss, with the other being an 8th round loss in 2016 to Tetsuya Hisada. Whilt that might sound terribe for Matsui it really does show how much promise Hatanaka has and how impressive today's win was.
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