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Notes: Yamanaka to face Moreno in bantamweight showdown

Shinsuke Yamanaka will make his ninth defense when he faces Anselmo Moreno on Sept. 22. Getty Images

A few notes from around the boxing world:

• In a major fight in the bantamweight division, titleholder Shinsuke Yamanaka (23-0-2, 17 KOs), 32, of Japan, will make his ninth defense when faces former titleholder and fellow southpaw Anselmo Moreno (35-3-1, 12 KOs), 30, of Panama, on Sept. 22 at the Ota Ward General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Teiken Promotions announced. Moreno made 12 title defenses before being upset by Juan Carlos Payano by sixth-round technical decision last September. This will be Moreno’s first fight since.

“Moreno will be the most difficult out of all challengers against me,” Yamanaka said in translated remarks. “I’d like to concentrate on a successful defense rather than on a knockout victory since Moreno must be such a tough opponent.”

• Golden Boy formally announced its Aug. 8 HBO Latino tripleheader, which will take place at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Initially, heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz was to headline with a welterweight fight between Johan Perez (20-2-1, 13 KOs), a former interim junior welterweight titlist from Venezuela, who has won six fights in a row, against Russia’s Dmitry Mikhaylenko (19-0, 8 KOs). However, now it will be Perez-Mikhaylenko headlining in a 12-rounder. Cuban defector Ortiz (22-0, 19 KOs), returning from an eight-month suspension for a positive steroid test, will face Alonzo Butler (30-3-1, 22 KOs) of Chattanooga, Tenn. in a 10-round heavyweight bout. In the opener, Philadelphia southpaw Tevin Farmer (19-4-1, 4 KOs) will fight Mexico’s Juan Rodriguez (25-5, 22 KOs) in a 10-round junior lightweight match.

• With two Premier Boxing Champions cards on ESPN in August – Aug. 1 (Danny Garcia-Paulie Malignaggi) and Aug. 29 (Leo Santa Cruz-Abner Mares) -- there won’t be a PBC on ESPN card in September. Then there will be a card Oct.14, which is on a Wednesday night rather than the usual Saturday night. The fights for that show have not been determined.