1960-08-29 Davey Moore w pts 15 Kazuo Takayama, Korakuen Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - WORLD
1960-08-29 Davey Moore w pts 15 Kazuo Takayama, Korakuen Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - WORLD. Referee: Jimmy Wilson. Scorecards: 74-62, 73-64, 73-66. Again experiencing difficulty making the weight after two trips to the scales, Moore (126) boxed well within himself for the first six rounds before stepping up the tempo with relentless body attacks and accurate shots to the head of the challenger, who took plenty of punishment but refused to go down. The further the fight went the more it became one-way traffic as Takayama (125), his left eye damaged, vainly fought on. But Moore was unable to administer the kayo and had to settle for a wide points win.
Having returned from a tour of Europe where he beat Gracieux Lamperti, Fred Galiana and Ray Nobile in non-title fights, in mid March Moore signed up to defend his title against Danny Valdez, a 21-year-old outsider who had lost two of his last six fights, but had twice beaten the former number-one ranked Ricardo Gonzalez and Boots Monroe.