Suzuki, a former 2-time Japanese Middleweight champion, was written off as a relative no hoper here though he really got to Takayama and forced his fight, his strength and pressure to force the champion into countering.
Takayama had to dig incredibly deep in a really tough fight to grind out a 96-94 decision win though few will feel that the champion is the best 147lbder in the land. In fact many would feel that Yoshiro Kamegai should be chasing the Japanese title and on Takayama's performance here their is every chance Kamegai would beat him.
Having mentioned a possible Kamegai/Takayama fight that really does seem like the bout that needs making here and a bout that every fan would love to see. Especially considering it would unify the Japanese and OPBF titles as well as be fight with significance on the world rankings. Come on guys lets get this one sorted!
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