Exciting Japanese prospect Genki Hanai (4-0, 3) may not be one of the biggest young fighters in the "Land of the Rising Sun" but many have tipped him for title success. On October 17th he'll be looking to take a huge step towards a title fight as he takes part in a bout that has been described as a "title prelude".
At the moment the details of the bout are scarce with no opponent having been named, though it seems that the Gifu born hopeful will be returning to the Gifu Industrial Hall for his 4th bout in the venue.
Aged 24 Hanai doesn't have time on his side like some of his compatriot however given his good amateur credentials, his exciting style and his ability it always seemed likely that he was going to be moved quickly through the ranks.
At the moment it's unclear what title Hanai would be angling for though his is ranked by both the OPBF and the JBC at Minimumweight, suggesting that he'll be aiming for 105lb title. Given the date of the bout it would almost certain that Hanai would be waiting until 2016 for his title opportunity, but it's great to see that they aren't waiting around with the aggressive youngster, who already holds a notable win over Crison Omayao.
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