Last December we saw Japanese tough guy Tatsuya Takahashi (19-6-4, 14) take a huge step up in class and acquit himself admirably against the then Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda. Takahashi may not have managed to claim the title that day but it showed he had the potential to hang with the top domestic fighters in the Bantamweight division. More impressively it showed how tough, strong and fit Takahashi was as he actually came on strong in the second half despite take a barrage of shots early in the contest.
Although many outside of Japan missed the bout it really was a strong contender for the Japanese domestic fight of the year, though the Kosei Tanaka Vs Ryui Hara fight did outshine it in terms of quality,
Since that loss Takahashi has already fought twice, scoring a quick blow out against Thai visitor Nichao Chaiyonggym and fighting to a draw with the under-rated Ken Achiwa. Now he is set for his third bout of the year with the announcement that Takashi will be facing Kenta Toi (4-5, 1) on July 9th at the Korakuen Hall.
We'll admit Toi isn't a top quality opponent for Takahashi, though he is significantly better than his record indicates and he has scored a major win of his own, stopping the highly experienced Mikihito Seto last October.
We suspect that Takahashi will be too good for Toi though it's great that "Zombie", as Masuda described him, is keeping busy and hopefully he'll move towards another title fight in the coming years.
For the who missed Takahashi Vs Masuda the televised version of the fight can be seen below. Trust us, it's good.
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