We've known for a while that fast rising Japanese youngster Genki Hanai (4-0, 3) would be returning to the ring on October 17th. Whilst we knew he would be in action we didn't know who he would be facing. Instead all we knew about the contest was that it was supposedly going to be his final bout before a Japanese title fight, which would likely come in early 2016.
Over the past day two however it's been revealed that Hanai would be facing fellow Japanese fighter Junya Ishikawa (7-6-2, 2).
Ishikawa is a 27 year old who has been a professional since 2008 and whilst he's not a star he has mixed with some credible opposition, including Atsushi Aburada and Akiyoshi Kanazawa, both of whom beat him. Although not the most skilled he has got 15 bouts of experience and has gone 8 rounds before, whilst only being stopped twice. It's clear he's been a "hand picked" opponent for Hanai but the idea is for Hanai to fine tune things whilst preparing, possibly to face current champion Go Odaira.
Sadly at the moment details on the show are scarce and the only other bout we know about is a Super Bantamweight contest between teenager Takashi Igarashi (6-2, 1) and Reiko Sugiyama (5-5-3, 3) This will be a rematch of their bout from March which saw Igarashi take a clear decision victory over the much older Sugiyama.
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