It appears that Japanese "renegade" Katsunari Takayama, the IBF Minimumweight champion, has finally been welcomed back to Japan.
Takayama, who won the IBF title on his third attempt at the title, hasn't fought in his homeland since a 2009 loss to Roman Gonzalez. Instead he has been fighting on the road with three fights in South Africa, one in the Philippines and one in Mexico, all in IBF affiliated contests.
Now with the JBC recognising the IBF it seems that Takayama is welcome back in Japan to defend his title.
The 32 fight veteran who sports a record of 25-6-0-1 (10) will be defending his IBF title for the first time as he takes on Filipino Vergilio Silvano.
Silvano himself sports a very impressive looking record of 17-2-1 (10) with 15 straight coming in to this bout. Although he has been fighting at a lower level than Takayama he is just 23 and will have no fear of fighting Takayama, who we regarded as the best Minimumweight on the planet right now.
Takayama v Silvano will take place on December 3rd sharing a show with Daiki Kameda v Liborio Solis, another contest with an IBF title on the line.
As the old saying going, you wait ages for a bus and two come around at once!
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