The boxing world needs to look no further for the next big thing to rock the sport to its core. Shinsuke Yamanaka, otherwise known as “God’s Left”, a name that pays homage to his devastating signature swing with his left hand, has just defended his World Boxing Council bantamweight title again. This is Yamanaka’s 12th title win in his already illustrious, undefeated career in boxing, taking down Carlos Carlson in seven rounds. Sitting at a record of 27-0-2 with 19 KO’s, Yamanaka is plowing his own path, forcing everyone to revere him in his wake. This is already apparent as the boxing world had already expected the 34 year old Japan native to win out over the Mexican challenger, especially with his “home court advantage” at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan. Unsurprisingly, Yamanaka did just that, and even less shockingly, he ended it with his left.
Much akin to the football strategy of executing a plethora of run plays in order to open up the opportunity for more damaging pass plays later in the game, Yamanaka had to change his usual game up and use his right hand more extensively throughout most of the early fight in order to break Carlson down enough to finish the bout strong with his left. With this 12th title defense and 27th win, Shinsuke Yamanaka moves within one win of tying the Japanese national record held by previous World Boxing Association champion Yoko Gushiken. Yamanaka very humbly acknowledges that there were some aspects of his technique that he could’ve done better this fight but says that “I’d just be pleased if my fans have fun with my fights.”
The dominant southpaw-stanced boxer has held his WBC bantamweight title since November of 2011,making him the fifth-longest reigning bantamweight champion of all time. Yamanaka hails from Shiga Prefecture, Japan and is currently a resident of Tokyo. After a decisive win over yet another noteworthy challenger, the future of God’s Left and the boxing world as a whole, looks strong.