Elwin Soto Successfully Defends Flyweight Title Against Veteran Katsunari Takayama

Published 05/08/2021, 10:53 PM EDT
May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Elwin Soto (multi color trunks) and Katsunari Takayama (black green trunks) during a light flyweight title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The Mexican flyweight boxer, Elwin Soto, is still the champion of the world. The 24-year-old successfully defended his belt against the veteran Japanese fighter, Katsunari Takayama, via a round 9 stoppage. Here’s how the fight panned out.

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The two fought as the co-main event of the Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders event. Soto went into the bout as the firm favorite; Takayama came into the bout to prove a point at 37. Ultimately, the Mexican boxer was too much for his Japanese opponent and extended his record to 19-1.

How did the Elwin Soto vs. Katsunari Takayama fight pan out?

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Both fighters came out all guns blazing and threw bombs right away for three rounds straight. The champion got the better of the early exchanges and hurt Takayama on multiple occasions. He almost had Takayama out at the end of all three rounds.

May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Elwin Soto (multi color trunks) and Katsunari Takayama (black green trunks) during a light flyweight title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The fourth and fifth rounds brought more of the same as Takayama was the busier of the two, but Soto was a class apart, landing more power punches and getting control of the fight. By the sixth and seventh rounds, Takayama grew into the fight and started enjoying himself with little more theatrics in the ring.

How did the fight end?

Round eight brought a fresh approach from both fighters. Takayama tried to land more power shots. However, Soto maintained his superiority with a few more power shots, hurting the veteran.

The fight ended in the ninth round as Soto followed his corner’s advice and started teeing off on the Japanese boxer. He landed a flurry of punches to which Takayama had no answer.

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May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Elwin Soto (multi color trunks) and Katsunari Takayama (black green trunks) during a light flyweight title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

As a result, the referee stepped in and waved the fight off before the veteran got dropped. So although the 37-year-old gave a good account of himself, he struggled with the Mexican’s power and eventually lost.

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What did you make of the Elwin Soto vs. Katsunari Takayama? Do you think the referee was right to stop the fight?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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