Earlier today former world champion Katsunari Takayama [高山 勝成] announced when he would be back in the ring, fighting as an amateur for the first time since announcing he dream of fighting at the 2020 Olympics.
The incredibly popular former multi-time Minimumweight champion announced that he would be fighting on March 1st at the Asian Championship national selection event.
The event will see the Japanese team for the Asian Championships, in April, being decided. Those who achieve highly at the Asian Championships will then qualify for the World Amateur Championships, with a high placing their granting fighters fighters an Olympic berth. So Takayama has a clear path towards an Olympic place, though it is obviously a tough path there.
This is a huge return for the "Lightning Kid", who last fought when he won the WBO Minimumweight title in August 2016.
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