Last Friday Japanese fans got the long awaited rematch between WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18) [山中慎介] and Panama's talented Anselmo Moreno (36-5-1, 12). The bout was highly anticipated and turned out to be a wonderful and thoroughly engaging contest with both men being dropped, both landing heavy leather and, eventually, Yamanaka seeing off Moreno in the 7th round.
Today the TV figures for Kanto, which is the region with Tokyo, were revealed.
The figures state that the show had an average viewing audience of 10.4% with a peak, coming in round 7 of the Yamanaka Vs Moreno bout, of 12.5% of the potential audience.
Although figures from Kansai, and other parts of Japan, haven't been revealed yet those figures suggest that almost 4.5million from Kanto watched the show on average with a peak figure topping 5.3million viewers, against from Kanto alone.
The figures suggest that Yamanaka is still a star, despite some poor performance recently. As he's gotten older he has began to show some fragility and this to have made him more enjoyable to watch and of course with the Moreno bout being as exciting as it was it's hard to see anything but big numbers in the future for Yamanaka, especially if a unification bout is made for early 2017 as planned.
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