On the night of May 9, AT&T Stadium in Arlington will host a fight between Elwin Soto and Katsunari Takayama. The Mexican will be defending his Jr Flyweight title for the 3rd time.
Having a funny nickname which means “The Flea”, the 24-year-old boxer from Mexico also has a record of 18 wins and 1 loss. Soto suffered his only defeat in 2017 when Danny Andujo won the fight via unanimous decision. Since then, the Mexican hasn’t had any losses.
In his last fight in October 2020, Elwin defeated Carlos Buitrago and retained his WBO junior flyweight belt.
Soto has great striking power, as 12 of his wins came by way of knockout. Besides, he is 13 years younger than his future opponent. Will he benefit from this age difference?
The 37-year-old Japanese boxer is one of the most experienced among the professionals. Having started his career 20 years ago, Katsunari was a five-time minimumweight world champion, who held WBC, IBF, and WBO titles. His record includes 40 fights, 32 wins. At present, he performs in the junior flyweight division.
In his most recent fight against Reiya Konishi in December last year, Takayama won the majority decision. It’s interesting that it was his first fight since his return as a professional. Katsunari retired in 2017 in order to prepare for the Olympics. However, after failing to qualify for the 2020 Olympics, he decided to resume his professional career.
As for the upcoming bout against Soto, the Japanese will have an advantage of experience, although his stats are not as impressive as the Mexican’s. Takayama’s knockout rate is only 37%, which is almost twice as little as Soto’s 66%.
Katsunari spent 4 years trying to fulfill his dream of performing at the Olympics. Unfortunately, it’s going to be very hard for him to make up for the lost opportunities. Bookies see the Japanese as the outsider, offering odds of 10.5 on his victory.
Meanwhile, Soto will step into the ring as the favourite, 1 to 1.055.
This fight will either help Takayama to return to the topflight of boxing or bury his career. What do you think? Make your choice and place a bet!