Yesterday we saw WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-0-2, 19) [山中慎介] continue his reign with a 7th round win over over-matched Mexican challenger Carlos Carlson (22-2, 13). The defense was Yamanaka's 12th defense of the title and saw him moving just one defense behind the Japanese record of 13 defense, held by Yoko Gushiken.
Today he took part in a press confernce to talk about the contest, and his future. Yamanaka accepted that the performance had good points and bad points, but seemed to be happy over-all with the win and is now looking towards the future. It looks like the intent is now going to be on the future and on tying the record of Gushiken's, and Yamanaka will be eyeing up a potentially solid opponent, with Luis Nery (22-0, 16) being mentioned at today's press conference.
Yamanaka seemed to suggest that he needs a good opponent to get the best out of himself, hence the great performance against Anselmo Moreno last year, and it does seem like he didn't think was the sort of opponent who was going to get the best out of him. Nery however seems to be a fighter that excites Yamanaka and it seems like Teiken will active pursue that bout for the fall, if they continue to struggle securing a unification for their man.
For people interested in TV numbers it's been reported that Yamanaka Vs Carlson drew an impressive 9.8% of the audience fromthe Kanto region, though we haven't been sent the figures from Kansai. That represents about 4,000,000 viewers from the Kanto region alone.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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