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WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka will face seventh-ranked challenger Diego Santillan of Argentina for his eighth title defense on April 16 at Osaka’s Bodymaker Colosseum, his Teiken Boxing Gym said Thursday.

The 27-year-old Santillan, who is 23-0 (15 knockouts), will take his first crack at a world title. It will be Yamanaka’s first bout since October 2014.

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