Earlier today fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see Japanese Welterweight champion Suyon Takayama (21-1, 7) successfully retain his Japanese Welterweight crown with a decision victory over the limited but game Ryoji Tanaka (8-5-1, 2).
Takayama, who won the title back in December 2012, was expected to have his way with the limited Tanaka, who had lost back-to-back fights coming into this one. Despite being the under-dog Tanaka came to fight and seemed to give Takayama some problems early one with one judge giving the challenger 2 of the first 5 rounds to give a 48-47 card to champion, who was 49-46 and 50-46 up on the other two cards
The challenger continued to try and make life difficult for the champion and in the eyes of the judges managed to do just that with the scorecards reading 97-94, and 97-93, twice.
Although Tanaka made things difficult for Takayama the champion never looked like losing, in fact if anything Takayama's biggest issue was that he began looking too much for a KO. That KO didn't come but Takayama did keep looking and lost a few rounds as a result of loading up too much on his shots.
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On Friday Japanese fans in Tokyo get the chance to see a couple of title fights, one of those will see Japanese Welterweight champion Suyon Takayama (22-1, 7) defending his title against Ryoji Tanaka (8-4-1, 2).
Today the two men weighed in with Takayama being the marginally heavier man. The champion made the divisional limit of 147lbs whilst Tanaka was 146½lbs.
For Takayama this weight is the same as he's been in his last 4 bouts whilst Tanaka, who actually looked the bigger man at the weigh in, is the same as he was in his 2014 win over Noriomi Sakamoto.
For Takayama this will be his 6th defense of the title, a title that he win back in December 2012 whilst Tanaka is fighting in his first title fight.
Takayama faces Tanaka...just not that Takayama or that Tanaka
(Image courtesy of Kadoebi's blog)
Earlier this month we reported that Japanese-Brazilian Cristiano Aoqui (10-3-2, 6) was set to challenge Japanese Welterweight champion Suyon Takayama (22-1, 7). It now seems that Aoqui has been replaced for that bout, which is set for September 30th, and instead Takayama will be battling Ryoji Tanaka (8-4-1, 2).
On paper this is a step down in class, especially considering that Tanaka has lost back-to-back fights coming into this contest, one of which came against Quaye Peter who Aoqui has beaten twice.
Whilst it is a step back in a number of ways, including current form, it does need noting that Tanaka is a natural Welterweight and may have a style that could lead to an exciting bout, albeit a one sided one.
The reality here however is that he card is being built around the main event which will see Yukinori Oguni (14-1-1, 4) defending the Japanese Super Bantamweight title again the heavy handed Taiki Minamoto (10-4, 9)
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