At the end of last year Katsunari Takayama (28-7-0-1, 11) created a little slice of Japanese boxing history as he became the first Japanese fighter to accomplish a career "Grandslam" and win all 4 major world titles over the course of his career. Today he managed to finally blow out with a huge celebration event held in an Osaka hotal with around 250 guests all there to celebrate along with the popular Minimumweight warrior.
The event may have been mostly one of a celebratory nature but it also had a slice of future planning and Takayama has laid his intentions out once again.
His plan, if he can, is to fight WBA champion Hekkie Budler (27-1, 9) as he attempts to capture the "real" WBA title, as opposed to just the interim title he held back in 2006-2007. If that plan cannot be realised for whatever realised for whatever reason then Takayama will revert to plan B which will involve moving to Light Flyweight in an attempt to become a 2-weight world champion.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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