NZ's Alex Hanan Set For First Bout of 2020

New Zealand's Alex "Sweethandz" Hanan returns to the squared circle on Friday, April 17 inside the Entertainment Centre, Hurstville NSW, AU.

The 21-year-old Dunedin-native had a quiet 2019, which was in marked contrast to 2018 when he racked up seven straight wins.

Training out of Billy Hussein's Bodypunch Boxing Gym in Lakemba, New South Wales, Hanan is part of the next generation of NZ talent looking to make their mark on the world stage.

After a successful amateur career, Hanan turned professional in 2017 and currently holds an impressive 10-0 record. Hanan's opponent for his April bout is still TBA, but for Hanan's supporters, it will be good to see him back in action regardless of who he is fighting.

"Sweethandz" will not be the only Kiwi fighting on the card. Dylan Emery will have his first hit out of the year as well, and like Hanan, his opponent is yet to be confirmed.

The Taupo-born fighter immigrated to Australia when he was 16, and became a professional boxer in 2011. Emery's record stands at 22-1-0, and it will be interesting to see how 2020 unfolds out for him.

Emery claimed the Australian Super Lightweight title last May but relinquished it in September. His last fight, a third-round TKO victory over India's Arun Antil, took place at welterweight, as is his upcoming April bout.

Both boxers train under Billy Hussein, a hugely experienced trainer who has seen three of his fighters capture world championships.

Hanan and Emery have been quietly going about their business over in Australia, but it might not be too long before NZ boxing fans start paying close attention to the progress these two are making in their careers.

Written by Michael Clifton