Earlier this year we reported that promising Japanese fighter Genki Hanai (3-0, 2) would be fighting experienced Indonesian Boy Tanto (9-16, 1) on April 26th at the Industrial Hall in Gifu. Since then however Hanai's opponent has been changed with Tanto being replaced by his compatriot Demsi Manufoe (9-4, 6).
We're unsure when this particular change was made though on paper it does look like a better match up than the originally scheduled bout. In reality however it's a horrible step backwards with Manufoe holding a 0-3 record outside of his homeland with all 3 losses coming by stoppage. Notably he has been in with good company, such as Knockout CP Freshmart, who stopped him in the 3rd round in December 2012, Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, who stopped him in 95 seconds in Februiary 2013, and Filipino powerhouse Richard Claveras, who needed just 37 seconds to dispose of Manufoe. Sadly for Hanai however there will be little to gain from the bout which now looks like a lose-lose.
Although Tanto wasn't an amazing opponent he was a former Indonesian champion and had taken Takumi Sakae the 8 round distance in Japan.
Thankfully a quick blow out for Hanai may allow him a swift return to the ring and may well see him in a title fight by the fall. He's talented enough to win a title or some kind and certainly needs bouts more meaningful than this one if he's to reach his potential.
Genki Hanai to fight Indonesian champion in April!
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