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Katsunari Takayama: fighting Hiroto Kyoguchi is inevitable

Katsunari Takayama: combating Hiroto Kyoguchi is inevitable

Katsunari Takayama (left) vs. Reiya Konishi. photograph credit: group Takayama
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Katsunari Takayama efficiently again to expert boxing for the primary time in over four years and outpointed world-rated Reiya Konishi over six rounds on the EDION area, Osaka, Japan, on December 27.

Takayama and Konishi were slated to face each other on November 23. besides the fact that children, on the morning of the fight, Konishi proven fantastic for COVID-19 and the fight changed into all of a sudden postponed. Konishi later tested terrible twice and it is commonly believed that the primary influence changed into a false nice.

In easy of the brand new circumstance, Takayama used each little bit of his journey to be equipped when the fight become rescheduled.

“I focused on taking terrific care no longer to put off the combat as a result of [anything that was] my fault,” Takayama (32-eight, 12 knockouts) told The Ring through Hank Hakoda. “Even in such a tricky situation, i attempted to prepare myself for a new day to come, despite the fact that the combat in front of me changed into postponed. You recognize, what happened took place; there isn’t any factor in even considering it.”

The 37-year-historical former unified strawweight titleholder organized diligently, leaving no stone unturned ahead of his return.

“I had been training in advance, assuming that, in the ring, i’ll get worried or my imaginative and prescient could be impaired,” he pointed out. [Editor’s Note: Takayama has a history of suffering cuts] “In my practising and preparation, I always expected myself in the worst possible condition.

“From the first round, i was able to circulation the style i wanted. I consider i used to be able to combat Konishi precisely as planned according to my approach. I showcased every thing I had at the moment.”

Having secured the victory, the Osaka resident, who suffered a small reduce in his ear that required three stitches, is ready for the subsequent step in his already wonderful career.

Katsunari Takayama (left). Photo credit: Team Takayama

Katsunari Takayama (left). photo credit score: group Takayama

“I think that if I could combat a few extra bouts before my retirement, i am certain I could put on a better reveal in the ring,” he explained. “besides the fact that children i’m definitely satisfied with my performance but when i needed more, there have been many issues I might have done greater. i’m going to commit myself every day to finish that homework earlier than the next bout.

“The greater I watch the video of this battle, the more I locate what I should improve. I received’t focus on what I discovered from this bout as a result of I do not want to give any trace for my future opponents to beat me however there have been so many issues that i will nevertheless improve. This changed into a fight that would investigate my future for the next yr, so my first priority become to win this fight.

“in this combat, it turned into more significant that i used to be in a position to win a clear resolution after getting a pretty good think for the match over six rounds, rather than winning through a brief KO within the first or 2d round. It become a really pleasing six rounds for me.”

Takayama’s manager Ryohei Maio has a clear goal for his fighter.

“Our subsequent goal is Ring/WBA [junior flyweight] titleholder Hiroto Kyoguchi,” observed his handler. “The healthy with Kyoguchi turned into in the past negotiated nevertheless it did not come to awareness. i’m also certain concerning the WBA belt due to the fact that Takayama best gained the WBA intervening time title. [Editor’s note: Takayama has also held the IBF, WBC and WBO titles at 105 pounds.]”

Katsunari Takayama (right). Photo credit: Team Takayama

Katsunari Takayama (correct). image credit score: group Takayama

Takayama, who’s taking a while to finished his thesis and will graduate from college in March, concurs with his supervisor.

“below the pandemic condition, I cannot go and combat out of the nation,” he defined. “fighting Kyoguchi is inevitable and i have no choice but to combat him. Why no longer? i am equipped.”

Many due to our correspondent Hank Hakoda, who coordinated and translated this characteristic.

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