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Takayama-Rodriguez Unification in Play For August 9

By Anson Wainwright

Earlier today BoxingScene.com was advised by sources out of Japan that Katsunari Takayama, the IBF strawweight champion, and Francisco Rodriguez Jr., the WBO 105-pound boss, will meet on August 9 in Monterrey, Mexico.

The intriguing looking fight pits the 31-year old boxer Takayama 27-6, 10 stoppages with 1 No-Contest versus the heavy handed 21-year old Rodriguez 14-2 with 10 knockouts.

Editor's Note: The August 9 headliner marks just the fifth title unification bout in the history of the strawweight division. Kazuto Ioka defeated Akira Yaegashi (now the lineal flyweight king) in 2012, the first time two reigning titlists from Japan met in a unification fight. The other three occasions all involved Ricardo Lopez in the 1990's (TKO5 Alex 'Nene' Sanchez in 1997; a technical draw with Rosendo Alvarez in 1998 and then a split decision win over Alvarez in their rematch later that year). – JD
 
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dinero fan on 06-17-2014

Awsome fight I got Rodriguez on this one although this fight should not be a unification fight cause the wbo belt is worthless garbage only the ibf belt means something.

Comment by Japanese Boxing on 06-16-2014

[QUOTE=Hougigo;14668020]Weren't ioka and yaegashi strawweights[/QUOTE] Yes but Ioka was struggling to make weight and moved up. Yaegashi moved up too and has looked stellar.

Comment by Hougigo on 06-16-2014

Weren't ioka and yaegashi strawweights

Comment by bigcursedawg on 06-16-2014

Great fight, and probably the best matchup in that division since Ioka Yaegashi.

Comment by Japanese Boxing on 06-16-2014

Transition period for the division.

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