The champion, one of boxing's genuine nice guys, failed to go to high school after turning professional in 2000 aged just 17. He has seemingly realised that he missed out and has gone with the intention of graduating from the Kikuka High School in Nagoya.
For Takayama his course, in the sports and entertainment department, is something that ties in with what he knows though more importantly it has helped him look at the next generation of Japanese fighters.
Better than just looking for the next Japanese star Takayama has also been able to find a lot of new sparring partners. It was some of these sparring partners that Takayama was pictured with a few days ago as he continued to prepare for his upcoming title defence against Shin Ono (17-5-2, 2) on May 7th.
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