Next Tuesday we'll see WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-0-2, 19) [山中慎介] take on mandatory challenger Luis Nery (23-0, 17), with Yamanaka seeking his record tying 13th title defense and Nery lookign to claim a world title in his first defense.
Today, ahead of their bout, Yamanaka took part in a public work work out and a short session of talking to the media. During his talk his stated that he wasn't focused on the long standing Japanese record of 13 title defenses. Instead he had been training to defeat Nery, and that was his driving factor here. He also admitted that whilst camp wasn't perfect he did find his groove about 10 days ago and is now in perfect condition for the bout.
The work out, which had more than 70 reporters in the gym, saw Yamanaka doing a number of things during his work out, with the most notable being a short spar with Filipino prospect Jade Bornea (8-0, 2), and despite it only being a short spar Yamanaka did impessand seemed to have Bornea out of breath after just 2 rounds.
Nery will take part in his work out tomorrow and then it'll be a vcase of both men putting the very final touches to their preparations before the formalities of signing ceremonies and medicals before the weigh in and fight.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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