The Thai 32 year old is still in the IBF top 15, and is holding on to that rankings thanks to the regional title, but will know that his dreams of a world title fight are one loss away from ending. In fact he'll likely know that he's lucky to even be in consideration given recent losses to Shingo Wake, Yukinori Oguni, Tomoki Kameda and TJ Doheny, all in the last 3 years.
Despite picking up a lot of losses Tawatchai has actually got a brilliant record in Thailand, a 44-1-1 record at home.
The 28 year old Takahashi is 1-1 outside of Japan, having lost a decision to Andrew Moloney in Australia back in 2016 and picked up a win against a limited Thai last year. Coming in to this he is riding a 3 fight stoppage run and will feel confident of a victory here.
This bout will be televised by Thai Channel 32, Thairath TV, who have often streamed boxing live on their youtube channel.