Earlier today WBO Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成] attended a special celebration event for his August 20th victory over Riku Kano.
The event, which featured over 100 guests, saw Takayama show off his collection of belts as well as talk about his future and celebrate with family, friends and sponsors.
The talk of his future was the most interesting to us, with Takayama admitting that he wouldn't be back in the ring until nex Spring, at the earliest, due to the cut he suffered in his win over Kano. His return is expected to come against an interim champion with the WBO talking about having Moises Calleros expected to fight for an interim title in the near future, possibly against Tatsuya Fukuhara or Ryuya Yamanaka.
Whilst it's great to hear that Takayama will return to the ring in 2017 it was also great to hear that the fighter was going to remain in education and was looking to begin college next year, following his high school graduation. Whilst it's clear that his boxing success is wonderful it is also obvious that the 33 year is looking at the bigger picture and is hoping to set himself up for his post boxing life.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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