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.
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