Several of our Japanese sources have reported that WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (23-0-2, 17) is aiming to returning to the ring in September for what will be his second bout of the year.
The long reigning world champion, and a man widely regarded as the defacto #1 in the division, has spoken about a number of potential "big fights", including a possible move to 122lbs for an attractive opponent. Sadly however it's looking unlikely that he'll be getting an attractive foe for his next outing.
At the moment Thai sources have, instead, hinted that Yamanaka's next bout may come against unbeaten Thai Petch Sor Chitpattana (31-0, 20), the WBC "youth silver" champion.
Whilst this is unlikely to be a bout that will really excite the hard hitting champion, we do understand that an offer has been put Yamanaka' way from the team of the Thai, who is currently ranked very highly by the WBC. It's fair to say that if Yamanaka is looking for a bout in September this could be made without too many problems. On paper it's an interesting match up, though in reality it's likely to be a very 1-sided bout if made any time soon.
(Image courtesy of The-Champion-Thailand)
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