The popular Bantamweight star will fifght in the main event of the show and will be defending his title, for the 12th time, as he takes on Mexican challenger Carlos Carlson (22-1, 13).
The champion, who is closing in on the Japanese world title defense record of 13 defenses by Yoko Gushiken, sounded confident of beating Carlos, who we'll admit is a bit of an under-whelming challenger given recent Yamanaka opponents, like Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, Anselmo Moreno and Liborio Solis, and the long held talk of unification bouts.
Although under-whelming Carlson is no bum and the 26 year old is riding a 22 bout unbeaten run, having only lost on his debut, and he's never been stopped. The 26 year old Mexican has scored a number of wins on US soil and has claimed various regional titles,including the NABF and WBC Latino titles.
Although not yet confirmed it does seem likely that this bout will air live on NTV and will take place at the Kokugikan in Tokyo.
For those interested details of the under-card can be found here - Under-card for Yamanaka Vs Carlson to be star studded!
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