Earlier this month WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-0-2, 19) [山中慎介] recorded the 12th defense of his title, stopping over-matched Mexican challenger Carlos Carlson (22-2, 13) in 7 rounds. The win put Yamanaka 1 defense behind the Japanese record of 13 defenses, by Yoko Gushiken.
Despite that win being only a few weeks ago Yamanaka has already returned to the gym, having his first post-Carlson training session earlier today.
Although no opponent, or date, is set for his next defense the heavy handed Bantamweight king is clearly still in great shape and it seems obvious that he's not wanting to blow up weight or put on much ring rust before his, potentially, record setting defense.
During his work out Yamanaka hit the bag with his bare hands, stated there was no lingering injuries following the Carlson bout, and did about an hours work out. It was clear there was no major need to have a big work out, but the fact he's already in the ring does suggest that he may well attempt to notch defenses 13 and 14 before the end of 2017!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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