On Sunday Japanese fans in Kumamoto saw Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-4-6, 7) [福原 辰弥] score a career defining win as he defeated Moises Calleros (25-7-1, 14) and claimed the WBO interim Minimumweight title. With that win he potentially set up a huge all-Japan clash with regular champion Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成] later in the year.
It seems like a bout between Fukuhara and Takayama is the intended target for Fukuhara and his team, though sources in Japan are reporting that no talks have began as of yet, and it seems the Honda Fitness gym, who promoter Fukuhara, are unure whether or not Takayama will actually be looking to defend his title going forward. It seemed, although it was unclear, that Fukuhara's team are expecting Takayama to vacate the belt, and if he does then Fukuhara would be looking to make his first defense in Kumamoto.
Although clearly proud of his win Fukuhara was showing the damage of war today at a press conference wearing an eye patch to help the recovery of his left eye, which suffered swelling and a cut yesterday.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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