Katsunari Takayama entered this fight with a pro boxing record of 29-7-0 (11 knockouts) and he is ranked as the No.2 minimumweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Wanheng Menayothin). He lost to Francisco Rodriguez Jr in 2014 (Fight of the Year candidate, Takayama vs Rodriguez) but then he won over Go Odaira (=Takayama vs Odaira) and Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (=Takayama vs Sakkreerin).
His opponent, Ryuji Hara, has a record of 19-1-0 (11 knockouts) and he entered as the No.49 flyweight. He suffered his first defeat last year, against Kosei Tanaka, but he came back to win in 2015 beating Petchnamchai Sor Sakulwong. Takayama vs Hara is valid for the IBF minimumweight title; undercard of Kazuto Ioka vs Roberto Sosa. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Where: Edion Arena Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Division: minimumweight (105 lbs, 47.6 kg)
Title: IBF World minimumweight title
Takayama’s previous fight: Katsunari Takayama vs Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr
Takayama’s next fight: Katsunari Takayama vs Jose Argumedo