Ahead of that fight Takayama has began training with students at the prestigious Kinki University, where he has been sparring with 3 talented boxing students. This has obviously done a lot for the confidence, and development, of the youngsters but will also help Takayama himself practise with southpaws and young energetic, fast fighters, the type who could replicate the traits of Kano.
With less than a month to go Takayama has to be careful not to reopen scar tissue around his face, tissue that has been opened numerous times in recent fights. The sparring does hold the potential to open that tissue though it seems like it's held strong so far, and we hope that doesn't change in the coming days as the bout moves closer.
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