Japanese Boxing Odds Thursday March 1 - This Thursday, March 1st in Tokyo, Japan the WBC world bantamweight title will be on the line as long time champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2) makes title defense #12 against Mexico's once beaten Carlos Carlson (22-1).

Yamanaka enters the fight at 34 years old and he has held the WBC's title at 118 pounds since November of 2011. In his last outing he stopped Panama's Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno back in September, stopping the former world titlist in the seventh round. Yamanaka might rate as one of the top fighters in the world today but he has fought his entire career in Japan and he has not shown a desire to leave and compete abroad. The southpaw is a legend in his home country and the WBC bantamweight belt will likely not leave Japan until someone beats Yamanaka.

As for Carlson, the lone loss of his career came in his very first fight back in March of 2011, so his career pre-dates Yamanaka's title reign by only a few months. He has won 22 fights in a row and he has spent the last few years competing strictly in the United States but this is his first trip to Japan for a fight. He will have an eight year advantage in age and he has the height and reach to nullify some of Yamanaka's advantages in those areas.

Japanese Boxing Odds Thursday March 1
Two of the other fights on the card are also appearing at the sports books and the evening will also see veteran former 2 weight class world champion Brian Viloria (36-5), who is fighting for the first time since his November of 2015 meeting with Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez.

Kokugikan - Tokyo, Japan
Bantamweight 12 rounds -
Carlos Carlson +850
Shinsuke Yamanaka -1750

Super Featherweight 10 rounds -
Satoru Sugita +400
Kenichi Ogawa -600

Featherweight 8 rounds -
Glenn Medura +1750
Ryosuke Iwasa -5250

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