Today the two men took part in their signing ceremony for the bout, at the Grand Palace Hotel in Tokyo. At the event Yamanaka sounded confient and seemes to feel like he is a better fighter than he has been in the past, stating that his conditioning is getting better with every bout. Despite that there was some talk about him suffering from some fatigue in the past few weeks, and not being at his best recently, needing to rest more than usual.
Given Yamanaka's confidence and reputation there was little doubting his prediction for the bout, a win by KO. Notably however was that Carlson was also predicting a KO, albeit for himself, with the Mexican sttaing that he was wanting to prove how brave and powerful he was in the ring.
A win for Carlson would be one of the biggest upsets of the year so far, particularly at world level, however a win for Yamanaka would put him just a defence against the long standing Japanese record of 13 world tirle defense, set by Yoko Gushiken in the 1970's and 1980's.
Shinsuke Yamanaka goes for defense #12 against Carlos Carlson
(Image courtsey of boxingnews.jp)