Earlier today WBO Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成] took part in a victory celebration event, following his recent win over teenager Riku Kano. The event, which was attended by around 60 people, wasn't a formal event held by the fighter or his team but was still a notable gathering of well wishers and supporters.
What made the event all the more notable was that Takayama, along with mentor Hiroaki Nakade, admitted that he has plans for another bout before the year is out.
That might not seem like particularly interesting news however Nakade has stated that his charge is looking at 3 different possible opponents, all of which would be interesting to see.
One of those is Jose Argumedo (18-3-1, 10), the IBF champion who beat Takayama at the end of 2015, with Nakade suggesting a rematch as a possibility. Another possibility is IBO champion Simphiwe Khonco (16-5, 7), in what would be a fight outside of Japan with Takayama chasing a title that isn't recognised by the JBC, it would however see him potentially become the first Japanese champion to own a version of all 5 titles.
The third bout mentioned would see Takayama move up in weight to face IBF Light Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi (24-5, 12). This bout however would depend on the IBF allowing the match up and Yaegashi being available at the same time as Takayama. If this one could be made then it really could be a FOTY contender and would almost certainly be something a little bit special.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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