On Friday we'll see a WBC Bantamweight world title fight between Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17) [山中慎介] and former WBA champion Anselmo Moreno (36-4-1, 12). The bout, a rematch between men who faced off in September 2015, is a really anticipated match up and could see Panamanian fighters going 3-0 against Japanese in high profile bouts this year.
Ahead of their bout both men under-went their physical examinations today with Yamanaka boasting the edge in height but not in reach, with Moreno having a 6.5CM reach advantage over the champion, an advantage that he will look to make the most of with his jab and long straight left hands.
Interestingly when they first fought Yamanka's reach measurement was given as being 175.cm, much closer to that of his rival, though when they fought the reach differential looked significantly bigger than 1.5cm. Interestingly Yamanaka has also "lost" 1cm in height from the previous bout.
Coming in to this one we're expecting a really good bout, and we will almost certainly see both men change their tactics from the first bout. Moreno will likely be more aggressive whilst Yamanaka is likely to try and set his shots up more, something he really didn't do last time. It is notable however that Moreno has admitted struggling at the weight and suggesting a move up to 122lbs is imminent following this rematch.
Yamanaka and Moreno go again, but who will come out on top?
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