Earlier today in Japan saw the pre-fight medicals ahead of this weeks WBC Bantamweight world title bout between defending champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 15) and unbeaten challenger Diego Ricardo Santillan (23-0, 15). The bout will be Santillan's first world title bout whilst Yamanaka will be hunting his 8th defense of the belt.
Both men passed the medical with no issue though the even dd give us some interesting figures for the tale of the tape.
Yamanaka is the much taller man of the two with a 10cm height advantage. At just 161cm Santillan is one of the shorter men in the division and is actually the same height as Yamanaka's previous foe, Suriyan Sor Rungvisai. Despite the height difference Santillan actually have the slight edge in reach with a 0.5cm lead in wingspan.
An interesting think to note is just how barrel chested Santillan is with a 7cm bigger chest than the champion.
The figures, along with championship experience and the such can be seen in the small table below. Coming into the bout we suspect the abilities of the two will decide the bout rather than anything we learned today, however we have to admit we are surprised by the reach of the challenger.
Yamanaka looks to continue reign as he battles unbeaten challenger Santillan (Preview)
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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