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Yamanaka, Igarashi defend November 3

By Joe Koizumi

WBC bantam champ, unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (16-0-2, 11 KOs) will risk his belt against ex-champ Tomas Rojas (39-13-1-1NC, 26 KOs) in Sendai, Japan, on November 3. Also, newly crowned WBC flyweight ruler Toshiyuki Igarashi (16-1-1, 10 KOs) will make his initial defense against unbeaten Argentine Nestor Narvaes (19-0-2-1NC) on the same bill. Sendai is a city of northern Japan that suffered very disastrous earthquake and tsunami in March of the previous year, and this doubleheader will surely encourage the great many victims there. Yamanaka acquired the vacant WBC 118-pound belt by halting Christian Esquivel in eleven furious rounds last November, and successfully kept his throne by unanimously decisioning formidable hard-puncher Vic Darchinyan this April. Igarashi lately captured the WBC 112-pound throne by eking out a hard-fought split nod over defending champ Sonny Boy Jaro this July. Both Yamanaka and Igarashi promise to show their best performance. The twinbill will be presented by Teiken Promotions and shown nationwide live by WOWOW TV.




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