Former multi-time world champion Katsunari Takayama (27-7-0-1, 10) has announced that he will continue his boxing career despite his recent loss to Francisco Rodriguez Jr in Mexico . That loss, which saw Rodriguez unifying the WBO and IBF titles, saw Takayama fail in his attempt to become the first Japanese fighter to win all 4 world however it appears the Rodriguez is now set to vacate the IBF title and give Takayama a chance to regain it.
That chance has come about after the IBF ordered Takayama to negotiate for a contest with Jose Argumedo for the soon to be vacant IBF Minimumweight title. The two men have been given until the end of November to agree terms before purse bids will be called.
From Takayama's comments earlier today it seems clear that he is happy to work towards making an agreement swiftly in an attempt to get it all sorted as soon as possible. This has seen Takayama state that late December or early January would be ideal for him suggesting that he really is chewing at the bit to become a world champion once again,
Although the announcement was that Takayama was going to continue in active duty there were some other things spoken about. Firstly Takayama's weight, which is around 10KG above his fighting weight. It's unlikely this will be any sort of an issue when he really starts getting into his training camp and the weight really should come off with just his usual training. It was also restated that Takayama would like to win the WBO at some point. He may have failed in his first attempt but the dream is still there and it certainly seems like that is his ultimate goal.
Although this wasn't unexpected news it's still great to have it confirmed by the man himself who has long been one of our favourites.
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