Shinsuke Yamanaka to defend WBC Bantamweight title on April 16th, Tatsuyoshi and Nakazawa on the undercard!
It feels like we've been waiting an eternity this year for a big fight to be announced in Japan. We know we've seen the Champion Carnival announcements and a few female world title bouts but nothing that has really grabbed the boxing world by the proverbial "ghoulies" and gotten attention to swing back to Japan after the sensational ending to 2015.
Today that changed slightly as WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16) announced his next world title fight, and an under-card worth taking an interesting in.
It was announced that the unbeaten "God of Left" would be making the 8th defence of his world title against unbeaten Argentinian challenger Diego Ricardo Santillan (23-0, 15). Santillan isn't that well known internationally but the the 27 year old "El Fantasma" enters as the #7 ranked WBC challenger and is an unbeaten and confident fighter.
We'll admit we were hoping for a more well known name for Yamanaka to begin the year with though this isn't too terrible and as long as the heavy handed champion is busy through the year then we have no real issues with this one, especially considering he has just made his mandatory defense, when he scored a close but clear decision win over Suriyan Sor Rungvisai.
Whilst Yamanaka's bout is the main event it's certainly not the only bout of note here and on the under-card we get two notable fighters.
One of those is the much touted Sho Nakazawa (5-0, 4), who will be in an 8 round bout as he begins to really be fast tracked. Dubbed "Sho of Naniwa" there is a lot of expectation on Nakazawa and we suspect a win here against a half decent opponent will boost those expectations.
The other notable under-card fighter is Juiki Tatsuyoshi (0-0), or is that Jukiya Tatsuyoshi?, and his recently announced bout against Tadao Iwaya (1-2). Tatsuyoshi is a second generation fighter following in the footsteps of the great Joichiro Tatsuyoshi and will automatically add some extra value to this show.
At the moment these are the only 3 bouts officially announced for the show though more announcements are due to be made in the run up to the show which is set to take place at the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka City.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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