January 23, 2016
Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (24-0-2, 17 KOs) will participate in his tenth defense as he faces former WBA 115-pound ruler Liborio Solis (23-3-1, 10 KOs), Venezuela, at the Shimazu Arena in Kyoto, Japan, on March 4. It was announced by Teiken Promotions. On the same bill, his stablemate Yu Kimura (18-2-1, 3 KOs) will put his belt on the line against Mexican veteran Ganigan Lopez (26-6, 17 KOs) over twelve rounds.
Yamanaka, 33, registered his ninth defense by a decision over Panamanian lefty Ansermo Moreno last September, and is going to tie the record of the most defenses by Japanese boxers, thirteen by former WBA junior flyweight champ Yoko Gushiken. Kimura, 32, dethroned Mexican Pedro Guevara by an upset verdict last November and will make his initial defense in three months thereafter.
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