Former professional boxing world champion Katsunari Takayama [高山 勝成] saw his hopes of a 2020 Olympic place come to an end recently, and it now appears that he's going to be putting boxing behind him as he looks to continue his life, outside of the ring.
Earlier this month it was revealed a documentary about Takayama would be shown that tracks his career from 2011, when he began to chase the IBF around the globe, to his attempt at getting to the Olympics, with some exclusive footage in there, as well other events from his life.
For fans who don't speak English the documentary it's self might not be the most interesting in terms of Takayama's story, but the footage included is likely to be worth watching the 30 minute show for. For those who speak Japanese however the documentary is expected to be full of tidbits, looking at some hidden parts of his boxing career and the future he wants to have no he has hung up the gloves.
The documentary will be aired on both TV Osaka, in the Kansai region, and TV-Tokyo, in the Kanto region, later this month, and is a final farewell to Takayama and his thrilling, trend setting, boxing career.
The documentary is title「彷徨う拳 プロボクサー高山勝成の挑戦, which roughly translates as the "Challenge of the Wandering fist of Katsunari Takayama", will be shown on September 28th and we suggest all fans who are interested in the "Lightning Kid" try to give it a watch.
On Saturday former professional boxing world champion Katsunari Takayama [高山 勝成] took part in his latest amateur bout as he looked to take another step towards Olympic qualification for the 2020 Tokyo games. Sadly for him however his dream ended with a decision loss to Teru Utsu [宇津 輝], who took a 3-0 decision win over Takayama.
Following the bout Takayama stated that he was planning to have a break.What's unclear is whether it's a temporary break or a total clean break from the sport, though media in Japan is suggesting he's now going to retire all together from boxing to move into a career as a teacher.
As a professional Takayama was the first Japanese fighter to claim variations of the 4 major world titles, and was loved by hardcore fans due to his tenacity, toughness and thrilling style. Utsu's comments to the media also suggest he too was a fan, explaining how he had watched Takayama on TV, had felt pressure for today's fight and felt like he had gained valuable experience.
Utsu progresses to the next round of the local Japanese amateur, though is of course a long, long way from booking a place and could, in fact, run into Kosei Tanaka's older brother Ryomei Tanaka along the route to potential Olympic qualification.
Earlier today in Japan fans in Aichi had the chance to see former grandslam champion Katsunari Takayama fight in the second round a regional amateur tournament.
A loss would likely have ended his dream of competing at the 2020 Olympics very early, though thankfully for the popular former professional he managed to pick up a very close win.
The talented Takayama, now aged 36, was up against Mikiya Fujiwara, and it was clear that Fujiwara had come to win, after scouting Takayama's bout yesterday and stating that if he lost he would be retiring.
From the opening moments this was a compelling contest from the off and there was little to pick between the two fighters, who knew this was a major bout, with a lot on the line for both. That showed in great back and forth action that seemed to fly by.
After the 3 rounds were up the scores were read out with a score of 30-27 to Fujiwara and two scores of 29-28 to Takayama, giving him the win and advancing him one step closer to the All Japan tournament, where which will be the next big hurdle for the former professional champion.
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Today at a gym at the Nagoya University of Technology college fans of amateur boxing, and the press, saw former professional world champion Katsunari Takayama [高山 勝成] take his next step towards a place the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The former grandslam champion was fighting in a regional qualification tournament bout for the All Japan Championships, and potentially a place on the Olympic team. It was a far cry from the big fights and big lights he had had in some of his world title fights.
The fight started slowly, with both men looking to get a read on the other, but it didn't take long for Takayama to increase the tempo and go on to take clear control of the bout and take the clear win.
Takayama will have to fight again later tomorrow to qualify for the national tournament, and a win tomorrow will see him take another huge step towards his dreams, though it should be noted that the upcoming fight is against someone who is expected to give the former world champion a much stiffer test.
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Yesterday former professional world champion Katsunari Takayama [高山 勝成], flanked by mentor Hiroaki Nakade took part in a public work out and discussed his future as an amateur boxer.
The former grandslam winner has had an incredibly long and hard battle to head back to the amateurs, needing to petition the Japanese Amateur Boxing Federation and getting them to change their rules. He has also had a planned amateur return earlier in the year cancelled after tournament dates had to change, causing more problems.
Yesterday Takayama revealed that that it took a while to get used to using amateur gloves, after having used professional gloves for so long, but he's now accustomed to them and to fighting in them for the 3 round, 3 minute distance.
More tellingly was the fact that that he revealed he was planning to take part in an event on July 6th in Nagaoya, with the hope being to begin the qualification process for the All Japan National Championships. So for fans wanting to follow Takayama's attempt at qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo games, the real journey appears to start in early July.
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