November 9, 2017


Biggest news in Japan while this reporter was absent to attend the WBA convention in Medellin, Colombia, was that former WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19 KOs), 35, finally made up his mind to go on fighting in order to regain his belt from his conqueror Luis Nery (25-0, 19 KOs), 22, via fourth round TKO this September. Nery tested positive afterward, but the WBC lately approved his 118-pound reign and then ordered a rematch between Nery and Yamanaka. The Japanese southpaw is willing to face the Mexican in a grudge fight and regain his belt. We expect his exito (success) in their revancha (rematch).

Local prospect Tenta Kiyose (14-2-1, 6 KOs) acquired the vacant WBC Youth super-bantamweight belt by scoring a nearly shutout decision (100-90 twice, 99-91) over Filipino Joe Tejones (9-5, 5 KOs) over ten rounds last Saturday (November 5) in Kanzaki, Hyougo Prefecture, Japan. Kiyose maintained his aggressiveness to sweep almost all rounds before his adherents.


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