We're disappointed to hear that the sparring between WBC Light Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5) and IBF Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama (27-6-0-1, 10) was disappointingly cut short earlier today after just 4 of the scheduled 6 rounds.
The session, to help Takayama get used to physically strong fighters ahead of his bout with Francisco Rodriguez Jr on August 9th, was as disappointing as it was exciting.
Takayama had begin weight cutting for his fight whilst Inoue, who fights on September 5th, looked big in comparison. This notable size difference showed with Inoue applying pressure and walking through much of what Takayama did. Much similar to what will be expected from Rodriguez.
Although Takayama didn't look his best, clearly struggling with the physical strength of Inoue, he was starting to get used to things just as disappointment struck and an old injury over Takayama's right starting to rear it's head leading to Hiroaki Nakade ending the session before the injury was made any worse.
We believe that Takayama will be continuing his training at the Ohashi Gym for the next few days though we imagine the sparring will be stepped down to allow the injury some recovery time before he flies over to Mexico for the Rodriguez fight.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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