On Wednesday we saw Katunsari Takayama (29-7-0-1, 11) successfully retain the IBF Minimumweight title with a controversial 9th technical decision win over Thai youngster Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (27-4-1, 15). A day later Takayama held a press conference talking about the fight and his future. At the press conference several interesting things were revealed.
Firstly Takayama's injuries from the fight required between 30-35 stitches. The cuts, which ended the fight, did look bad during the fight and it's little wonder he needed that type of attention to sort them out.
Takayama also suffered a bruised thigh during the fight, which he said occurred early in the fight.
More interestingly however is the fact that the proposed date for his IBF/WBA unification bout, November 6th, may well fall on the same date as a school trip organised by the Kikuka High School, the school that Takayama attends. From what we understand the dates penciled in for that trip are November 5th to November 8th. That's not been set in stone but is it looking to be the likely dates.
Although Takayama is 31 he enrolled in high school last year in the hope of getting an education before his boxing career is over and so far he has been taking it seriously. As a result he has said that he's hoping their will be flexibility either with the proposed fight date or with the school trip, hoping to get the fight with WBA champion Hekkie Budler (28-1, 9) done before the school trip. It seems however if he's forced to make a choice he'll be taking the fight.
It's a genuine dilemma for the fighter who appears to have other options available to him, including a possible IBF-WBO unification bout against fellow Japanese fighter Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2), if Tanaka claims the WBO belt as expected on May 30th, or a move to Light Flyweight. He may well try use those options to leverage a a new date for the Budler fight though it's clear that the fight he wants the most is the one with the once beaten South African.
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