WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (23-0-2, 17) successfully defended his title in April with a 7th round KO against the brave but out classed Argentinian Diego Ricardo Santillan. That win was an easy one for Yamanaka who reported that he had no injuries after the fight and got to resume his gym earlier this month.
Rather than sitting on the sidelines Yamanaka has already told the media that he's wanting to get back in to the ring in summer, although he's yet to be told when he'll next be fighting.
The popular and heavy handed southpaw has already recorded 8 defenses of his wold title and appears to be eyeing up the long standing record of Yoko Gushiken, who managed to make an impressive 13 defenses of the WBA Light Flyweight title. He is however very vocal about wanting to face a big name opponent and appears to have been disappointed about the fight with Santillan, which really lacked any danger or challenger. Hopefully Teiken will listen to their star and get him a more notable bout, perhaps an encounter with with someone like Julio Ceja, who has talked about fighting Yamanaka in the past,
At the moment we are awaiting any more news on Yamanaka's next bout though this news would suggest a possible August return is likely and that we may well see Yamanaka fighting in both late summer and in winter, similar to his 2013 schedule.
For those who missed the Santillan fight it can be seen in full below.
(Image courtesy of teiken.com)
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