Earlier today at the Nakazato Gym in Osaka it was announced that unified IBF/WBO Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama (28-7-0-1, 11) had resumed full training ahead of his first defence of the unified crown.
Takayama, who was at the gym with his collection of world belts, said his next bout will come in April or May and will see him defending the belts against a yet to be announced opponent. That bout is supposed to be a celebration before the fighter moves on to bigger and better things later in the year.
The bigger and better things that Takayama has in mind is a unification bout with WBA and IBO champion Hekkie Budler (27-1, 9). That bout seems to be mooted as a contest that could take place literally anywhere. In the past there was hints it could be in Monaco or Dubai however earlier Takayama mentioned the US as a possible venue for the bout, giving the US audience a rare chance to see world class Minimumweights in action.
Before Takayama can get his hands on Budler and Budler's belts he will need to win his up coming bout, which is expected to take place in Osaka, and that is clearly his focus for now with the Budler bout being the reward. With that said we suspect this could be the most intense and constructive training camp of Takayama's career.
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