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!
The first news of a New Years Eve card in Japan has just become available over the last day or so. As with recent New Years Eve show's this one promises explosiveness with two Super Featherweight world title bouts, in what we hope will act as a prelude to a major rematch in 2014.
In a WBC Super Featherweight title fight Takashi Miura will make the second defense of his title. Coming in on the back of his fight of the year contender with Sergio Thompson, Miura will face Dante Jordan in what is another sure fire hit. In a WBA battle Takashi Uchiyama will take on Japanese national champion Daiki Kaneko.
Whilst Miura (26-2-2, 19), will be the side attraction in terms of his bout we do expect him to be given a good nights work by Jordan (24-3, 20) who himself is a hard hitter. With 39 KO's in 57 bouts the two can bang and both go into this contest on the back of their best victories. For Miura that was back to back victories over Gamaliel Diaz and Sergio Thompson, for Jordan that was victories over Miguel Roman, Adrian Verdugo, Akinori Kanai and also Diaz.
Interestingly Jordan is 1-1 against Japanese born fights, and 2-1 against Japanese based fighters thanks to victories over Kanai and Ricky Sismundo whilst he was beaten by Kyohei Tamakoshi. On the flipside Miura has scored his previous 2 victories over Mexicans.
In the all Japanese bout between the unbeaten Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17) and compatriot Kaneko (19-2-3, 12) we probably have a less interesting bout, though one that again sees a lot on the line. For Uchiyama it will be his 8th world title defense whilst it will be Kaneko's first foray into the world level. For Kaneko however it's a big opportunity and one that seems to have arrived at the perfect time.
As the reigning Japanese national champion Kaneko will be handing in his title for this bout, a title he has defended 4 times in around 18 months. Whilst his record may be sketchy on paper Kaneko is unbeaten in 16 contests and has won his last 6 by stoppage, including an 8th round stoppage over Seiichi Okada.
Uchiyama will rightfully be favoured, heavily, though will come in to this bout with just 15 rounds of action in almost 2 years and on the back of what we believe was a serious hand injury.
We are hoping that if the two Takashi's win then they will meet each other in a long awaited Uchiyama v Miura II contest, a bout that would see the WBA and WBC titles unified and a bout that would be sure to set the Super Featherweight division on fire.
The recently crowned IBF Super Flyweight champion Daiki Kameda, who won his title by defeating Rodrigo Guerrero has announced his first defense. Kameda, will be battling WBA champion Liborio Solis, who himself will be known to Japanese fans courtesy of his thrilling victory over Kohei Kono.
The bout, an IBF/WBA unification bout at 115lbs, will take place on December 3rd in the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka. It will be the first time an IBF title has been unified in Japan and we believe the first defenses of an IBF world title in Japan since 1990's historical clash between Mike Tyson and James Buster Douglas.
For Daiki (29-3, 18) this is a very tough contest. Solis (15-3-1, 7) will be high on confidence after defeating Kono and being on a 6 fight winning streak. Naturally we think Solis is the bigger man though at 31 years old he is significantly older than Daiki.
With Koki Kameda defending his title in South Korea on November 19th against Jung-Oh Son we're now just awaiting news on Tomoki Kameda's next defense. We'd not be shocked if it was in either December or January as the "Summer of Kameda" looks set to be followed by the "Winter of Kameda".
Hard hitting Japanese Welterweight Yoshihiro Kamegai will make his return to action in December as he attempts to claim the vacant OPBF Welterweight title in a meeting with Australian Tim Hunt.
Kamegai, who was beaten last time out by Johan Perez, sports an impressive looking record of 21-1-1 (19) and is a former Japanese Light Welterweight champion. He's a hard hitter who is usually fun to watch though he did look surprisingly flat against Perez in what was a hugely disappointing performance from the Japanese fighter.
Fighting back in Japan and with the prestigious OPBF title on the line we expect to see Kamegai back to his best.
Hunt, the co-challenger for the vacant title, has a less impressive ledger which stands at 16-3 (6) though he is the reigning PABA champion at 147lbs.
The bout, set for December 7th will be held at the Korakuen Hall. If Kamegai is back to his best we think this is actually an easy bout for him. If Kamegai has an off night however, like he had against Perez, then it really could be a long way back for the once promising puncher
Reports coming from Japan state that two Ohashi Gym fighters have decided to vacate their Japanese national titles.
The first that we read about was Naoya Inoue, the Light Flyweight champion. Inoue was known to be competing for the OPBF title next time out against Filipino Jerson Mancio and we fully expected him to vacate the belt. He had found out that Kenichi Horikawa would be his next mandatory challenger after winning "Strongest Korakuen" and appears to have made the logical move above the Japanese scene.
The second fighter who has apparently vacated is Ryuji Hara the Minimumweight champion who defended his title just a few days ago at the "46th Phoenix Battle". Although we're not clear on what Hara's next step is we'd really not be shocked if the youngster moved up to Light Flyweight and maybe even fought Horikawa for the Japanese national title at 108lbs. The other main possibility is that Hara looks to claim the OPBF title at Minimumweight.
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