Earlier today, in Tokyo, it was announced that WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (23-0-2, 17) would be defending his title on September 22nd against former WBA "super" champion Anselmo Moreno (35-3-1, 12). The bout is as good a match that the Bantamweight division could have, other than a unification bout and is a bout that many, including ourselves, wanted to see in previous years.
The Japanese fighter will be seeking the 9th defense of his title in this bout and will be hoping to extend his reign as the #1 Bantamweight on the planet. The heavy handed southpaw won't have things all his own way with Moreno being a slippery and tricky fighter who judges distance and timing excellently with sharp punching and intelligent movement.
For Moreno, who lost the WBA "super" title last year, this is a chance to reclaim a world title. It is however his first fight in almost a year, following a controversial loss to Juan Carlos Payano last September.
Whilst Yamanaka will be favoured it's fair to say that this is, stylistically, a tough match for the champion who will be returning to the Ota-City General Gymnasium for this bout, his first bout there since stopping Jose Nieves in 160 seconds back in August 2013.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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