Commentating for television channel WOWOW last night Yamanaka suggested that whilst he was impressed with Santa Cruz's strength the Mexican still appears to struggle with fighting southpaws. Of course with Yamanaka himself being a southpaw this will have encouraged the Japanese fighter who has repeatedly commented about wanting a fight with Santa Cruz in the US.
Whilst a bout with Santa Cruz seems to be clearly the one that Yamanaka wants later this year he has got to remain focused for his own upcoming defence as he takes on Belgium's Stephane Jamoye (25-4, 15) on April 23rd, himself a former Santa Cruz opponent.
We're expecting Santa Cruz to fight Carl Frampton next before a possible Santa Cruz/Yamanaka showdown either at the end of the year or early next year
(Photo courtesy of http://boxingnews.jp and features Shinsuke Yamanaka and Hozumi Hasegawa)