Takayama, known as "The Lightning Kid", showed his confidence as he indicated that he believed Fahlan had a 1% chance of winning the bout and that he was expecting to win the bout by shut out decision. Whilst that was little surprise and a viewed shared by many it really did seem like Takayama was using the bout as a warm up for the year before prospective unification fights later in the year.
As well suggesting Fahlan had little chance it's also been revealed that Takayama may be ringside for the WBO world title fight between 19 year old compatriot Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2) and Julian Yedras (24-1, 13), with the intention of getting a fight with Tanaka later in the year.
When it comes to the fight Takayama's game plan appears to be based on raiding attacks. He seems to be fully aware that Sakkreerin is the taller and rangier man and trying to fight at range would be a mistake, but fighting in sharp bursts would be the key to beating the Thai challenger, who is fighting in his first world title bout. Due to the height difference Takayama has been sparring with tall fighters to help him get used to the height difference between himself and Sakkreerin.
With the fight now just over 2 weeks away it seems both men are putting finishing touches to their preparations and from what we understand Takayama's weight is where he wants it with just just a few more kilo's to shift before the weigh in.
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