The WBO light flyweight champion Elwin Soto made news last week by agreeing to a deal with Matchroom Boxing, and now he will have his first fight with Matchroom on May 8th against Katsunari Takayama as part of the fight card headlined by the May 8th middleweight unification fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders in AT&T Stadium in Texas.
Soto (18-1 12 KOs) will make his third defense of the title he won in June 2019 over Angel Acosta in the chief-support bout to the blockbuster Super-Middleweight unification clash between Alvarez and Saunders. The 24 year old now puts the crown on the line against the seasoned Takayama (32-8 12 KOs). Takayama had been a world champion at minimumweight multiple times, and had returned from an extensive layoff last December with a win over Reiya Konishi in Osaka. He attempted to go to back to the amateur ranks a few years ago in order to compete in the Olympics in his home country, but the postponement forced him to return as a professional.
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn was happy that Soto signed on to the company and is looking forward to seeing him in action. “Soto is a great addition to our stable and the Mexican World champion will want to dazzle on the biggest stage against the experienced Takayama,” he said. “The smaller weight classes always guarantee exciting fights, and I can’t wait to see Elwin continue his journey to the biggest fights at Light-Flyweight and above, starting very soon.”
Soto-Takayama is part of a card that includes Frank Sanchez against Nagy Aguilera, Keyshone Davis versus Jose Antonio Meza, and Kelvin Davis against Jan Marsalek. Marc Castro and Christian Duran will also be in action on the card with their opponents to be announced at a later time.