Earlier today Japanese fans along the Dōtonbori canal got the chance to see Katsunari Takayama (28-7-0-1, 11) show off his wonderful collection of titles as the first ever "Grandslam" winner from Japan was given a victory parade atop of a boat.
The parade was to celebrate Takayama's achievement in becoming Japan's first Grandslam, following his stoppage victory over Go Odaira on New Year's Eve, however it did see the diminutive fighter also talk about the future, and what a future he seems to have in mind.
The fighter will be returning to school soon, where he will study until March with a possible world title defence coming in March, though an opponent hasn't been set. Some are suggesting that he may delay that defense slightly and battle against compatriot Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2) in April however that doesn't seem to be in his plans. Instead Takayama appears to be eyeing up a single defense, likely an easier option than Tanaka, before moving onto a Minimumweight superfight with South African Hekkie Budler (27-1, 9).
Budler, the current WBA and IBO champion, has a WBA mandatory on February 21st against Jesus Silvestre and it seems Takayama would like a shot at the South African if he were to come through that bout unscathed.
Takayama, a known road warrior, knows that the IBO title isn't recognised by the Japanese Boxing Council but appears happy to fight on the road in an attempt to become Japan's first 5-belt champion. Though he seems to be suggesting a neutral venue such as Macau or Dubai for the eventual clash of champions.
Could it be that we have a superfight brewing for the summer?
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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