April 21, 2014
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (20-0-2, 15 KOs) will make his sixth defense in Osaka, Japan, where he will cope with Belgian challenger Stephane Jamoye (25-4, 15 KOs) on Wednesday. Both already entered the fight place Osaka, which is near to Yamanakafs native place Shiga prefecture from which some 3,500 adherents will come to hail his homecoming. On the same show, formerly WBC bantam and feather titlist Hozumi Hasegawa (33-4, 15 KOs) will attempt to acquire his third world belt as he will have an highly anticipated shot against IBF 122-pound ruler Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) of Spain.
Yamanaka is a prohibitive prefight favorite against Jamoye, who previously suffered defeats by such name boxers as Leo Santa Cruz and Jamie McDonnell. Yamanaka gained the WBC interim belt by halting Cristian Esquivel and elevated to the full champ, successfully making his initial defense against formidable Vic Dachinyan. Since then, Yamanaka, a hard-hitting lefty, registered all four defenses within the distance since and fully demonstrated his power-punching ability to greatly attract our fight fans. We are looking forward to watching Yamanakafs spectacular knockout victory, whether early or late.
Hasegawa, a 33-year-old southpaw veteran, forfeited his second belt in the 126-pound category at the hand of Jhonny Gonzalez via quick knockout three years ago. For him, his best weight might be a super-bantam category, where he will have an ambitious shot at the busy-punching Spaniard Martinez, five years his junior. The champ said, gItfs Kiko Martinez time, not Hasegawa time. Ifll bring back my belt to Spain.h Both are reported to be in good shape and will show a highly competitive contest.
The doubleheader will be presented by Teiken Promotions in association with Shinsei Promotions.
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