Today it's been revealed by the early morning papers that Takayama will indeed be defending his title as he takes on Japanese-Brazilian Cristiano Aoqui (10-3-2, 6).
For this bout Aoqui will be moving up in weight, from his natural Light Welterweight division, but sounds confident and was quoted as saying he would “come back to Shizuoka Prefecture with the title”. If he manages to do that then he would have recorded his best win to date, by far, whilst continuing an impressive rise through the ranks following a forgettable 3-2 start to life as a professional boxer.
Whilst Aoqui sounds confident it's fair to say he is the big under-dog against the reigning champion who has recorded 5 defenses of the title since claiming in December 2012. Although unbeaten in 10 bouts, dating back more than 4 years, Takayama has left some fans feeling under-whelmed and he has stopped just 2 of his last 11 foes whilst engaging in numerous close wins.
Yukinori Oguni to defend Japanese title on September 30th!