Earlier today, Wednesday, Japanese media had the chance to see the signing ceremony for Friday's WBC Bantamweight title fight between Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17) [山中慎介] and Anselmo Moreno (36-4-1, 12).
At the ceremony both fighters had the chance to pick their gloves for Friday's bout and both men picked the Japanese made Winning gloves, a glove type that typically works well to protect the hand but isn't associated with punchers.
Both men also seemed confident with both saying they'd had excellent preparation for the bout. Yamanaka seemed to suggest that he'd had the best camp of his career whilst Moreno sounded like a man who knew he had a difficult fight ahead of him but was confident of taking the title back home, joining other Panamanians who have taken titles from Japan this year.
Notably Yamanaka also made reference to the Ring magazine title, something he has been wanting for a while and now finally gets a chance to win it. He seems ot have been inspired by that title and it's clear that he sees this as a great opportunity to become the Ring champion.
For those interested in the officials the referee will be Daniel Van de Wiele, the judges will be Bert Clemens, Nicholas Hidalgo and David Sutherland whilst the supervisor will be Duane Ford. That's two American judges and a Venezuelan whilst the referee is a Belgian, all neutral officials.
Yamanaka and Moreno go again, but who will come out on top?
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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