Shinsuke Yamanaka likely to return in September, looks to face better opponent, TV figures very impressive
Yesterday we saw Japanese star Shinsuke Yamanaka (23-0-2, 17) record the 8th defense of the WBC Bantamweight title. The Japanese sensation easily disposed of the massively over-matched Diego Ricardo Santillan in 7 rounds and hardly broke sweat doing it. This morning he took part in a press conference talking about the bout, his future and his hopes.
Among the comments made by him and his team was a statement made by Teiken chairman Akihiko Honda stating that they were hoping Yamanaka would be back in the ring in September. In theory that could mean he could have 3 fights this year, though it's sounds like the champion may only have 2 bouts in 2015.
Thankfully on the flipside of that was the fact Yamanaka made it very clear that he wanted to face a "powerhouse" next time out. There was a lot of talk of unification bouts over the last 24-48 hours and whilst they are looking unlikely there are still interesting fights out there, such as a contest with Kiko Martinez. It would seem that the perfect target is Randy Caballero though rumour from the west is that he's likely to head to Super Bantamweight shortly, and is currently injured anyway.
Impressively, for such a mismatch, Yamanaka's TV ratings were huge.The average figure was over 10% with a peak viewing of 13.5%. To put that into real terms, it dwarfs what the PBC has been getting in the US with more than 17 million viewers at the peak.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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