Today Mr Hatanaka got the chance to announce the continuation of his boxing name as he announced that his 18 year old son, Kenhito Hatanaka (0-0) [畑中 建人] would be making his professional debut in November.
The youngster, a promotional stablemate of Kosei Tanaka, will be up against Takaaki Murakami (0-2) [村上 貴秋] in a 4 rounder on debut in what looks to be the show's chief support bout.
Interestingly Hatanaka Jr won't be debuting on a show held by his father, with such a show pencilled in for December 29th, but instead on a show set to take place on November 27th. The date is a key one for the father-son team with Mr Hatanaka Sr debuting on the same date back in 1984, when he won with an opening round blow out against Harelya Yamauchi.
The target is for Hatanaka Jr to replicate his father and become the first father-son champions form Japan, with Mr Hatanaka having held the WBC Super Bantamweight title for 4 months back in 1991.
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