Katsunari Takayama entered this fight with a pro boxing record of 28-7-0 (11 knockouts) and he is ranked as the No.3 minimumweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Wanheng Menayothin). He fought three times last year beating Shin Ono (=Takayama vs Ono) and Go Odaira (bout valid for the vacant Ibf and Wbo minimumweight titles, Takayama vs Odaira) but between these two fights he lost to Francisco Rodriguez Jr (Fight of the Year 2014 candidate, Takayama vs Rodriguez Jr).
His opponent, Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, has a record of 27-3-1 (15 knockouts) and he entered as the No.9 in the same weight class; he also lost once in 2014, against Takuma Inoue, but then he has collected four victories and one draw. Takayama vs Sakkreerin is valid for the IBF World minimumweight title (held by Takayama), first world title shot for Sakkreerin; undercard of Juan Carlos Reveco vs Kazuto Ioka. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Where: Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan
Division: minimumweight (105 lbs, 47.6 kg)
Title: IBF World minimumweight title
Takayama’s previous fight: Katsunari Takayama vs Go Odaira
Takayama’s next fight: Katsunari Takayama vs Ryuji Hara
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