2005-08-06 Eagle Kyowa w pts 12 Katsunari Takayama, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan - WBC
2005-08-06 Eagle Kyowa w pts 12 Katsunari Takayama, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan - WBC. Referee: Yuji Fukuchi. Scorecards: 119-111, 117-113, 116-112. Looking to regain his old title, Kyowa (104¾) made a good start when outspeeding and outpunching the fleet-footed Takayama (105), and by the middle rounds he had also begun to slow the champion down with body punches. Whilst Takayama’s blows lacked substance, Kyowa’s did not, and he went further ahead as the rounds progressed. Although Takayama was cut in the 11th he showed great heart in the 12th when the pair stood toe to toe in the centre of the ring exchanging combinations, but by then the result was a formality.