Of course when you fight tough opponents regularly you don't always look great and that was certainly true when Takayama took on fellow Japanese fighter Shin Ono on May 7th 2014. In fact if anything Takayama looked frustrated at times, seemed to miss an awful lot and appeared to struggle a bit with the size, movement and southpaw stance of Ono, though did come out on top with a clear decision win.
Ono may be unknown to many fight fans though is a capable fighter and a former OPBF Light Flyweight champion. This was his first world title bout though he had proven his ability somewhat by taking wins over Yu Kimura, Xiong Zhao Zhong and Omari Kimweri. From this performance we wouldn't be shocked to see Ono competing at the world level again somewhere down the line and with his tricky style and long arms he really could be a handful for many fighters in the 105lb or 108lb divisions. The one he perhaps lacks however is world class experience, something he gained here in a big way.
Interesting the next fight of Ono's comes just a couple of days before Takayama fights in a world title unification bout. On this performance Takayama will struggle with his upcoming bout, though we don't think this was the best of Takayama.