In August Japanese youngster Ayumu Hanada (5-0, 3) [花田 歩夢] announced that he was set to make a huge change to his career, abandoning the life of a freelancer in the sport to join the JBC, and becoming a member of a JBC licensed gym.
Following that he revealed he had a B license test scheduled for September 26th, as he looks to prove to the JBC that he's talented enough to begin his Japanese based career in 6 round bouts.
The 18 year old has often been one of the hidden gems of the sport since his debut in 2017, at the age of 15. Due to his age he had had to fight in Mexico, where rules on how young a fighter can fight at are a little bit different. In Mexico he won 4 bouts in the space of just 8 months, before claiming the WBF Asia Pacific Flyweight title last year. That title win came in Osaka, in what was Hanada's Japanese debut. Sadly however as that show that wasn't licensed by the JBC the result doesn't appearing on his boxrec record.
Interestingly that title win saw Hanada defeat Ryo Hashiya with a 10 round decision, proving the youngster's stamina, as well as his speed and movement.
At the moment it's very unclear, due to the on going situation, as to when he will make his "debut", as a JBC boxing, but we're really looking forward to seeing how he looks next time he's in the ring. He's looked a talented and exciting youngster in the footage we've seen and the potential is there for him to go a long way in the sport, if he can progress and build on the potential we've already seen from him.
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