The past week has seen the IBF hold one of their annual events to celebrate what the IBF have done and to celebrate their champions, among other things. One of the most interesting stories to come from the event seems to be that the IBF have accepted a proposal from Kiatkreerin to order a rematch of a recent IBF world title bout, at least according to our friends in the Thai media.
The bout in question was an IBF Minimumweight title bout between Katsunari Takayama (29-7-0-1, 11) and Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (27-4-1, 15).
For those who have forgotten the bout it ended in controversial fashion after Takayama was left unable to continue following a nasty cut. At the time of the ending it seemed that the title was set to change hands with Fahlan taking a monster win and one of the upsets of the year. Instead however the referee took the bout to the scorecards which allowed Takayama to retain his title by technical decision.
The cut, which ended the fight, appeared to come from a punch and it lead to Kiatkreerin appealing to the IBF for a rematch and it seems that IBF have agreed to push forward with a rematch between the two men.
At the moment the full details regarding a time frame for the bout haven't been made clear but it would likely be in both men's best interests to make the fight in the summer, especially considering Takayama has spoken about bigger fights against the likes of Hekkie Budler and Kosei Tanaka later in the year.
Having just mentioned Tanaka it's worth noting that Takayama will be ringside this coming weekend for Tanaka's world title bout with Julian Yedras. A win for Tanaka was supposed to set up a bout between the two Japanese fighters though if Takayama is to face Fahlan again it would likely derail those plans.
At the moment we need to state that this story has come from those in the Thai press, however we have reached out to the IBF for clarification on the story though haven't heard back from them yet. Hopefully they will confirm this story in the coming days.
Thai's unhappy, calls for Katsunari Takayama Vs Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr II?
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