JAPANESE MANAGER WANTS HIS BOXERS TO SEEK TITLES OUTSIDE WBC AND WBA
By Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Thu, 10 Dec 2009
Former WBC minmumweight world champ Katsunari Takayama of Japan is aiming to become the first Japanese boxer to win titles in the four major sanctioning bodies: WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF. His manager, Koichi Matsumoto was at the ALA Gym Wednesday afternoon and was impressed with the facilities. Matsumoto said that he plans to bring his fighter here in Cebu so he can train and spar with the ALA Gym boxers.
The Japan Boxing Commission only recognizes the WBA and WBC. But Matsumoto want to break from what he calls the conservative Japanese tradition. This is something unprecedented in Japanese boxing. He also wants his boxer to accumulate fighting experience outside of Japan. Takayama ( 23W – 4 L, 9 KO's) has never fought outside of Japan.
The 26 year old Takayama won the WBC 105lbworld title 4 years ago with a 12 round unanimous decision win over Isaac Bustos of Mexico in Osaka, Japan. He lost in his first defense to Eagle (Kyowa) Den Junlaphan by 12 round UD. Takayama has tried for the WBA world crown twice and lost to countryman Yutaka Niida and Nicaraguan Roman Gonzales both by decision.
This is a rather intriguing prospect considering that the WBO minimumweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes is training at the same gym.
Top photo: Japanense manager Koichi Matsumoto at the ALA Gym Wednesday afternoon.
Click here to view a list of other articles written by Rene Bonsubre, Jr..
Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:
|NOTES FROM AUCKLAND: PARKER MAKES HISTORY|
By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Sun, 11 Dec 2016ABNER MARES NARROWLY OUTPOINTS JESUS CUELLAR TO WIN FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP AND HIS FOURTH WORLD TITLE
By , Sun, 11 Dec 2016CUELLAR-MARES, CHARLO-WILLIAMS TODAY IN LOS ANGELES
By , Sun, 11 Dec 2016MORALDE FIGHTS IN JAPAN TODAY
By , Sun, 11 Dec 2016Jerwin Ancajas Wants to Fight Roman Gonzalez
By Epifanio M. Almeda, Sun, 11 Dec 2016MOLINA FAILS TO MAKE WEIGHT BUT FIGHT WITH CRAWFORD WILL STILL GO ON
By , Sat, 10 Dec 2016GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS RE-SIGNS FORMER WORLD CHAMPION RANDY "EL MATADOR" CABALLERO
By , Sat, 10 Dec 2016Come catch the Last Full Show
By Recah Trinidad, Sat, 10 Dec 2016Adrien Broner Loses Threesome Sex Tape Case ... Protect Your 'Ho Phone'
By , Sat, 10 Dec 2016PARKER-RUIZ QUOTES FROM NEW ZEALAND
By , Fri, 09 Dec 2016TERENCE CRAWFORD vs. JOHN MOLINA JR. OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN OPEN TO FANS!
By , Fri, 09 Dec 2016GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS PUT THE SPOTLIGHT ON JOSEPH "JOJO" DIAZ, JR.
By , Fri, 09 Dec 2016CRAWFORD-MOLINA, PARKER-RUIZ, JOSHUA-MOLINA AND CUELLAR-MARES AND OTHER TITLE FIGHTS ON DECEMBER 10
By Maloney L. Samaco, Fri, 09 Dec 2016Arizona Boxing News & Notes With Don Smith: Ed “Bad Boy” Brown Mourned, Knockout Night at the D
By Don Smith, Fri, 09 Dec 2016PARKER AND RUIZ READY TO ROCK AUCKLAND
By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Fri, 09 Dec 2016Classic Boxer-Puncher match-up Oscar Cantu vs. Aston Palicte
By , Fri, 09 Dec 2016Proof that Bob Arum was born to be a promoter! Happy 85th, Bob!
By , Fri, 09 Dec 2016HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOB!
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Fri, 09 Dec 2016Ligas fires back at former GAB chief Guanzon
By Jerome S. Galunan Jr., Fri, 09 Dec 2016ANTHONY JOSHUA & ERIC MOLINA PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES FOR IBF HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SATURDAY LIVE ON SHOWTIME®
By , Fri, 09 Dec 2016SHOWTIME SPORTS® TO OFFER MULTI-CAMERA COVERAGE OF UNDERCARD FIGHTS ON FACEBOOK LIVE PRECEDING SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® THIS SATURDAY, DEC. 10
By , Fri, 09 Dec 2016ULISES SOLIS VS PETALCORIN?
By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Thu, 08 Dec 2016TERENCE CRAWFORD / JOHN MOLINA JR. MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES
By , Thu, 08 Dec 2016ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO! JOE PARKER AND ANDY RUIZ FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
By , Thu, 08 Dec 2016