The Japanese fighter will be seeking the 9th defense of his title in this bout and will be hoping to extend his reign as the #1 Bantamweight on the planet. The heavy handed southpaw won't have things all his own way with Moreno being a slippery and tricky fighter who judges distance and timing excellently with sharp punching and intelligent movement.
For Moreno, who lost the WBA "super" title last year, this is a chance to reclaim a world title. It is however his first fight in almost a year, following a controversial loss to Juan Carlos Payano last September.
Whilst Yamanaka will be favoured it's fair to say that this is, stylistically, a tough match for the champion who will be returning to the Ota-City General Gymnasium for this bout, his first bout there since stopping Jose Nieves in 160 seconds back in August 2013.
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