At the start of April we reported that the popular and always fun to watch Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成] had retired from professional boxing in the hope of competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Today saw Takayama release a public training session and spend time talking to the media about his dream of competing at the games.
The fighter, who has described his current status as a "self styled amateur", admitted that that Japanese Amateur Boxing Federation haven't stated that he's allowed to turn amateur yet, and he also said that there are a lot of hurdles to over-come before he will be able to compete in the amateur ranks. Despite those hurdles the diminutive warrior does seem determined to over-come all the challenges in front of him and continue to be a trend setting in Japanese boxing. After all it was Takayama who essentially lead the JBC to recognise the IBF and WBO world titles.
Although fit enough to take part in some training the fighter will, sadly, be out of action for a while due to surgery he's set to have on his left eye, which could keep him out of the ring for 6 to 12 months. During that time it's hopes that he'll have cleared some of the hurdles he has to over-come to fight as an amateur.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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