The bout will remain a controversial one for some time, given that Nery failed to make weight by a significant amount, but it also showed the huge appeal of Yamanaka in Japan with TV ratings being very strong against for the popular Teiken fighter.
According to Japanese sources the bout drew an average audience of 4,000,000 from the Kanto region of Japan and almost drew another 3,000,000 from the Kansai region. From just those two areas there was almost 7,000,000 people watching the bout.
The numbers aren't the biggest we've seen in Japan in recent years, but given the bout was a Thursday evening, and the short length of the contest, those numbers are genuinely big counting for over 9% of the Kanto region and 10% of the Kansai area.
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