On August 20th fight fans in Osaka will get the chance to see a WBO Minimumweight title fight as Katsunari Takayama (30-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成] battles teenager Riku Kano (10-1-1, 5) [加納陸] for the currently vacant title. Today, ahead of that bout, Takayama took part in a public training session and spoke to the media.
The veteran stated that he was confident of over-coming the teenager and was feeling like his experience woud be one of the key difference between two the fighters when they get in the ring. He's also stated that his eyes are fully healed following his title loss at the end of last year to Jose Argumedo, with those cuts ending the fight last year and looking a total mess at the time.
The training session was highlighted not with comments to the media but instead a 5 round sparring session with 2-time world title challenger Go Odaira (12-5-3, 1) [大平 剛]. Like Takayama Odaira is a speedy southpaw and the spar was almost perfect preparation for facing someone like Kano, although Kano is more rounded and more physically strong. Not only does Odaira boast the same stance as Kano but he's also physically very similar with less than 1" separating the height of the two men.
The spar saw Takayama needing to work but looking good as he did and showing that he could cope with the speed of Odaira, a man that he actually fought at the end of 2014 in a WBO/IBF world title bout.
For fight fans waning to watch the bout it will be aired on TV Osaka from 2:40PM local time on August 20th. Sadly with it being only on TV Osaka we don't think many, if any, streams will be available for international fight fans.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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