Back on September 22nd we saw WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (24-0-2, 17) narrowly retain his world title with a split decision win over tricky Panamanian Anselmo Moreno. Whilst that result was certainly a disputed one it was one that saw Yamanaka record the 9th defense of the title and edge closer to the long standing Japanese record of 13 defenses, by Yoko Gushiken.
On Wednesday, a month after the Moreno bout, Yamanaka finally returned to the gym, taking part in his first training session since that close bout.
Whilst the heavy handed southpaw banger isn't close to being ready to return to the ring he has been quoted as saying that he is eyeing the 10th defense of his title in Spring 2016, though failed to mention who he was targeting.
We know that he has, in the past, mentioned Juan Carlos Payano and has been linked to Petch Sor Chitpattana as well a rematch with Moreno. What option he takes however seems to be in the open for now, it is however good to know that he's already looking ahead and is likely to be trying to fit 3 bouts in to 2016.
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