This coming Friday we get the chance to see a hugely significant rematch between WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17) [山中慎介] and former WBA champion Anselmo Moreno (36-4-1, 12), with the two men facing off around a year after their first clash.
Earlier today, ahead of their rematch, Moreno took part in a public work out at the Teiken Gym.
The fighter, although obviously annoyed about the result of their first meeting, seemed happy to have the rematch with Yamanaka and suggested they had unfinished business. Unlike their first bout, where Moreno used his brain to box in an attempt to win the closer rounds, he's looking to give the impression of being the boss and winning rounds clearly here with a more aggressive gameplan. In many ways it seems like he's going to make a point to the judges with a gameplan that is engineered not to his abilities but instead to pleasing the judges.
As for the world out Moreno took a lot of time working out. He jumped roped, wore numerous layers of clothing, hit the heavy bag and jumped more rope. The idea of the session appeared to be focusing on weight loss. With that weight loss being a major issue for "Chemito".
The weight loss is such a big issue here that Moreno told the Japanese press that this will be his final bout at Bantamweight, and that beating Yamanaka is his last goal for the division. After the bout he will be moving to 122lbs where potential bouts with the likes of Scott Quigg, Jonathan Guzman and Guillermo Rigondeaux are all wonderfully interesting match ups.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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