According to various sources we may see the always fun to watch Katsunari Takayama (27-7-0-1, 10) get a chance to reclaim the IBF Minimumweight title either later this year or early next year.
That's because Takayama has been offered the chance to negotiate a bout, for the now vacant title, with Mexico's Jose Argumedo (13-3-1, 7) after the newly crowned champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr has indicated that he wishes to vacate the belt, the belt he won from Takayama just a few months ago in a fight of the year candidate.
From what we've been told Takayama and Argumedo have until October 31st to negotiate a deal in regards to a venue and date for a bout between them. That is if the fighters, who are the highest ranked contenders according to the IBF, want to fight for the belt. At the moment that actually isn't a certainty with Takayama not yet back in the gym full time, though he does intend to begin a training camp next week.
Although both Takayama and Argumedo lost their last bouts neither really shamed themselves. Takayama came up short against Rodriguez in a unification bout whilst Argumendo lost a split decision to Carlos Velarde, a man who is fighting for the WBO Light Flyweight title in November against Donnie Nietes.
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