Anselmo Moreno will get his rematch with WBC bantamweight titleholder Shinsuke Yamanaka, thanks to a win in Panama City last night over Thailand's Suriyan Sor Rungvisai.
Moreno (36-4-1, 12 KO) won a decision on scores of 117-110, 117-110, and 116-112, dropping Suriyan (46-7-1, 23 KO) in the second round, which should have been two second round knockdowns, but referee Jay Nady missed the second.
Moreno picked up the WBC silver title with the win, which puts him in line for a second crack at Yamanaka, who won a disputed split decision over Moreno last September in Tokyo. A rematch would likely also come in Japan.
Moreno, 30, controlled most of the fight, but Suriyan staged a late rally in the final rounds and didn't let Moreno waltz to the victory. It was Moreno's boxing skill and ability to adapt that got him the win against the more aggressive Suriyan, 27, a former super flyweight titleholder who is now 0-5 outside of Thailand.
There's no date for Yamanaka-Moreno II yet, but it would seem likely to come in the latter portion of 2016.