So far the Japanese Boxing Federation, who are in charge of the Amateur boxing scene in the country, have refused to allow Takayama to go back to becoming an amateur, given that he has been a professional. That however hasn't stopped Takayama from campaigning to try and change the rules of the JBF, and to do that he has been collecting signatures from fans, and the the public, who want to see him get the chance to compete as an amateur, with thousands signing the the campaign since Takayama began collecting signatures in July.
Today Takayama was in Sakai City, Osaka, collecting signatures and from what we understand he collected more than 1,000 in just a single day.
Whilst it's unclear how many he will need to change the rules, and whether they ever well, it's great to see former "Grandslam" winner really chasing his dreams and it's hard not to get behind him as he continues to go the road less travelled and be a trend setter. He was a big part of the reason that the Japanese Boxing Commission, who control professional boxing in Japan, started to recognise the IBF and WBO titles, and whilst some fans may not like the idea of professionals fighting as amateur it's fantastic to see someone genuinely trying to change things, as Takayama has repeatedly through his career.
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