The two world class fighters both enjoyed the start of the camp and it was clear that they are driving each other on, as they have done in the past, and both will be looking to get in to top shape before their next bouts.
For Linares that next bout has all been sorted, and he will face Filipino challenger Mercito Gesta (31-1-2, 17) om January 27th in Inglewood, California. The bout will see the Venezuelan defending his WBA Lightweight title for the 3rd time, and build on wins over Brits Anthony Crolle and Luke Campbell, both of who he beat in 2017.
As for Yamanaka we don't know when he will return, though Q1 2018 is likely, but we do know that he will be facing off with the controversial Luis Nery (25-0, 19). Nery is the WBC Bantamweight title, having taken the title from Yamanaka back in August, though did fail a drugs test in the lead up to that fight, and it's clear that Yamanaka is seeking revenge. Althoiugh there is no set date the camps of the two fighters are said to be pushing to get the fight sorted shortly, and it is looking likely to take place in Japan.
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