In March we'll see WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (24-0-2, 17) [山中慎介] who promised to show improvement ahead of his upcoming bout, against Liborio Solis (23-3-1, 10), on March 4th. The champion won the "Skills Award" for his narrow win over Anselmo Moreno and seems to realise that he needs to improve going forward, rather than depend on his thunder-bolt left hand.
WBA Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (19-1, 11) [井岡一翔] suggested that his aim this year was to seek unification bouts. At the moment it seems the most likely unification will come against WBA "interim" champion Stamp Kiatniwat (15-0, 6) [แสตมป์ ศิษย์หมอเส็ง], though he does sound confident of luring other big names over to Japan for bouts in the near future.
Unsurprisingly Super Featherweight Takashi Miura (29-3-2, 22) [三浦隆司] promised revenge of recent conqueror Francisco Vargas (23-0-1, 17), in a rematch that is expected to take place later this year. Like wise it wasn't a surprise to hear that Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3) [田中恒成] was hoping to become a 2-weight world champion later this year, something that he had mentioned last year.
Talking about multi-weight world champions it seems that female star Naoko Fujioka (14-1, 6) [藤岡奈穂子] isn't happy at just being a 3-weight champion and is hoping to become a 5-weight champion before her career is over!
Naoya Inoue interested in unification with WBC king Carlos Cuadras
Takashi Uchiyama hopes to face both Fortuna and Walters this year!
Japanese annual award winners announced!
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