YAMANAKA TO DEFEND WBC 118LB BELT AGAINST #1 EX-CHAMP SURIYAN


September 12, 2014

TOKYO, JAPAN

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw hard-puncher, WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will risk his belt against official challenger and ex-WBC titlist Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (37-5-1, 16 KOs), from Thailand, in Tokyo, Japan, on October 22. Yamanaka, 31, successfully registered six defenses with the latest five within the distance to his credit. The only challenger he failed to finish was Vic Darchinyan, then still durable and dangerous, in his initial defense in April 2012. Suriyan, former WBC 115-pound ruler, captured the belt by defeating Mexican lefty Tomas Rojas by a unanimous decision in Thailand in 2011, but forfeited it to Japanfs Yota Sato (already retired) in his second defense here in Tokyo in March 2012. Since then, he participated in no less than seventeen bouts in two years and a half, winning all to zoom up to the top in the bantam category. Suriyan is an aggressive fighter, while Yamanaka is an upright southpaw boxer with hard-hitting ability. It will be a greatly competitive game with many Japanese aficionados expecting Yamanakafs six consecutive knockouts.

On the undercard, a couple of ex-world titlists will square off as former WBC 126-pound and 130-pound champ, now lightweight Takahiro Ao (26-3-1, 12 KOs), Japan, will face former WBA and IBF 130-pound ruler Juan Carlos Salgado (26-3-1-1NC, 16 KOs), from Mexico, over ten rounds. Salgado, in Japan, dethroned defending champ Jorge Linares in the first round in 2009, but lost the WBA belt to Takashi Uchiyama in the last session next year. It will be also an interesting contest.

This show will be presented by Teiken Promotions.

(9-12-2014)


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