Yesterday fight fans in Osaka saw a world title double that may go down as having been one of the best shows of the year, with both both bouts being action packed thrillers with each having a great story to tell.
Today the winners of those bouts, WBC and Ring Magazine Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18) [山中慎介] and newly crowned WBC Super Bantamweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa (36-5, 16) [長谷川 穂積], attended a post-fight press conference in Osaka.
Hasegawa, who revealed he had broken his left thumb in sparring for his thrilling bout with Hugo Ruiz, made it clear that he has no immediate plans to defend his title. Instead his focus was on taking a rest and going for a meal with his family. Some to suggest that the performance wasn't the start of a new title reign but instead a last hurrah before he sails into retirement having achieved one of his final goals in the sport.
Although Yamanaka seemed to ask to join Hasegawa on his break there was more serious talk when it came to his plans.
Yamanaka will be looking to return to the ring in January and has several targets in his sights. He mentioned that he is hoping to unify his WBC title with other titles, mentioning the WBA "super" champion Rau'Shee Warren and IBF champion Lee Haskins, with those bouts likely being eyed for early next year with unification being something he has long had his mind set.
With 11 title defenses to his name Yamanaka is clearly eyeing up the long standing record of Yoko Gushiken and could, potentially, break that record of 13 title defenses next year.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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