Having taken care of mandatory challenger Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (37-6-1, 16) earlier this week it's fair to say that WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16) is looking forward to continuing his reign as world champion. With the mandatory out of his way however he now has real options about where he wants to go with his career over the next year, and it appears that he's hoping for quality opponents as opposed to quantity.
It appears that the quality of opponent that Yamanaka wants in 2015 isn't top challengers but also other champions and he has come in the Japanese media and stated that he'd like a fight with fellow Japanese Bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19), the current WBO champion.
It would seem unlikely that Yamanaka would turn down the other champions, such as WBA "super" champion Juan Carlos Payano or the winner of this weekend's IBF title fight, between Randy Caballero and Stuart Hall, however a fight with Kameda would be huge news in both Japan and boxing at large.
At the moment there are a few stumbling blocks to that possible bout with Kameda, who is effectively banned from fighting in Japan, but we know Yamanaka has long spoken about a fight in Las Vegas and a bout with Kameda in Las Vegas would likely be his dream for 2015.
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