In late May the @Zanfernews twitter account broke the news that WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-0-2, 19) [山中慎介] would face mandatory challenger Luis Nery (23-0, 17) on August 15th. Today that news was confirmed as Yamanaka took part in a press conference to announce the bout, which will be his 13th world title defense
The Japanese champion, looking to equal the long term record of Yoko Gushiken who recorded 13 world title defenses, confirmed that the bout would take place at the Shimadzu Arena in Kyoto, marking Yamanaka's second defense in the region.
The bout will be aired on NTV, and affiliates, across Japan, though details regarding the under-card are yet to be announced. Despite the lack of announcements we do know that Teiken will look to get some of their promising youngsters on the card and there are a lot of options for them to pack the card with some notable fighters on the rise.
Interestingly, given other big fights in Japan are typically on a weekend, this bout will take place on a Tuesday.
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