Today Yamanaka took part in a notable sparring session, as he shared the ring with two highly regarded Filipino partners and began full on sparring ahead of the Nery rematch.
The Japanese star sparred with WBC ranked Bantamweight contender Michael Dasmarinas (27-2, 18) and and OPBF ranked fighter Glenn Suminguit (20-3, 10). Both of whom are southpaws with similar stature to the Mexican and although not perfect stylistic replica's of Nery do have a lot of similarities with the champion.
Today Yamanaka stated that he was working on keeping his stance tighter than he had done in his loss to Nery, and not open up his feet as wide as he did previously. Instead of opening up he wants to move more, and use his legs better and seemingly get more into his shots,and get away from Nery's pressure.
Interestingly Yamanaka did suggest that he had seen Nery's last fight, where he was dropped by Filipino Arthur Villanueva, and it seems like Yamanaka has studied the knockdown and will look to replicate what was successful for Villanueva.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)