Earlier today it was revealed that WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanka (24-0-2, 17) would be returning to the ring, for his 10th world title defence, in March. At the moment no opponent has been named, however the bout is expected to come in Japan and is unlikely to be an immediate rematch with tricky Panamanian Anselmo Moreno (35-4-1, 12), who is expected to fight in a final eliminator instead.
Yamanaka, who was last seen out pointing Moreno in a controversial bout earlier this year, gave the game away at an event in a hotel in Tokyo. The event featured Japanese singer Shigeru Matsuzaki, who sang a song at the event, and saw Yamanaka talk about his future, which included mentioning his return in March.
The heavy handed southpaw puncher is closing in the Japanese record for most world title defenses, held at 13 fights by the legendary Yoko Gushiken, however at 33 time is runing out and it's though that 2016 could be one of Yamanaka's final years as a pro. It's hoped that the year will feature his US debut, possibly in the final months of the year, as well as his March defense and a mandatory, which is likely to be a winner of a contest between Moreno and Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (45-6-1, 23), who have been ordered to fight by the WBC.
(Image courtesy of Nikkan Sports)
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