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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