Whilst we have already reported that Tanaka has lined up a New Year's Eve bout with Filipino puncher Vic Saludar (11-1, 9) we didn't, until today, learn who Takayama had apparently agreed to fight.
According to the Japanese press Takayama's bout, which is also scheduled to take place on December 31st, will see him defending his title against Mexico's Jose Argumedo (13-5-1, 9), a thoroughly under-whelming opponent though one who had been linked to a Tanaka bout for a considerable amount of time.
On paper it's a really disappointing match up for Takayama, and fans of his, who may have expected a bout with a leading contender. Instead Argumedo is 1-1 in his last two and hasn't won a bout since last November, in fact he won't have fought a competitive bout for more than a year by the time he steps in the ring with Takayama if the report we've been sent is correct.
Apparently the idea is to use the bout to build towards the Tanaka unification bout but it's unlikely that Argumedo will serve any real test for Takayama who should have been looking at significantly better opponents than Argumedo. Saying that Argumedo isn't awful but he certainly doesn't match up with some of the other leading contenders, such as Carlos Buitrago, or a unification bout with any of the other title holders.
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