On September 16th we get the chance to see the highly anticipated rematch between WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17) [山中慎介] and former WBA champion Anselmo Moreno (36-4-1, 12).
Today, ahead of that bout, Yamanaka took part in a public training session This time he has been focusing on his jab, something that he said was missing in the first bout with Moreno. He suspects the jab will help him set the distance for the bout and from there he will start to target the body.
Whilst the jab will feature as a key part of his offensive work he has also stayed that has been working on strengthening his defense, something that was criticised in his recent win over Liborio Solis, when he was dropped twice.
If successful Yamanaka will have recorded 11 defenses of the title and will be closing in on the all time Japanese record of 13 defenses of Yoko Gushiken. It is however a very tough ask to over-come Moreno who is one of the most skilled, tricky and talented fighters in the sport, and many felt he deserved the win last time out against Moreno, when the two battled in September 2015. This time neither will want to leave it to the judges,
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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