On Saturday in Gifu fans had the chance to see local prospect Genki Hanai (5-0, 4) continue his unbeaten run as he over-came countryman Junya Nishikawa (7-7-2, 2), stopping Nishikawa in the 2nd round.
The promising, and aggressively minded, Hanai took control of the bout early and used a combination of his physical strength and his well rounded boxing skills, to work out then break down Nishikawa.
Following the bout Hanai's team made it clear that they would be targeting title bouts in early 2016 with an option to either go for the Japanese title, which is to see a new champion crowned in late November, or the OPBF title, which is held by former world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong. At the moment however it seems no decision has been made on which option to take.
For those who haven't seen the 25 year old in action before he is another of Japan's really exciting novices rising through the ranks. His rise through the Minimumweight division is expected to speed up in 2016 and we could well see him involved in world level bouts by the end of 2017.
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