Reigning WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18) [山中慎介] has had a huge year with his stoppage win over Anselmo Moreno securing him one of the biggest wins of the year, and strengthening his iron grip on the Bantamweight division.
That year just keeping getting better for "God's Left" with Yamanaka being awarded a major honour Daisuke Tanaka, the mayor from the Nakano ward. With Yamanaka showing his honour in recieving the award, calling it prestegious and looking like he was incredibly proud of the achievement and recognition.
Whilst there was not talk about his next fight, which has been rumoured could be a unification bout or a defense against Jose Cayetano, the fighter did say say that he hoped to continue to be a key figure and provide excitement for Japanese fight fans.
Yamanaka has lived in the ward of Nakano for the last 7 years and the award essentially recognises him as a key resident of the area, and is a very distinctive and rare honour, with only a small number of people currently recognised by the Ward in the way Yamanaka has been.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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