Earlier today world champion Katunsari Takayama (28-7-0-1, 11) publicly thanked his the team from the Kinki Boxing team for they help they gave him ahead of his most recent bout.
That bout, which took place on New Years Eve, saw Takayama defeating Go Odaira to claim the IBF and WBO Minimumweight titles and become the first Japanese Grandslam champion. Prior to the bout however the Kinki team had helped Takayama prepare with many of the students being sparring partners for the world champion.
As part of the thank you Takayama visited the team alongside trainer and mentor Hiroaki Nakade. He also took his belts and allowed members of the Kinki team to hold them and get a feel of the titles up close.
At the moment we're not yet sure who Takayama will be fighting on his return to the ring though we're expecting to see him in the ring in April or May in Nagoya as he defends at least one of his world titles. It's very possible that, before that fight, Takayama will return to sparring with the Kinki team due to how effective their sparring seemed to be late last year.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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