Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Jr Flyweight
Who won Soto vs Takayama?
Elwin Soto beat Katsunari Takayama by technical knockout in the 9th round on Saturday 8th May 2021 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Jr Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 108 pounds (7.7 stone or 49 KG).
This contest was for the WBO jr flyweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez beating Billy Joe Saunders for the WBC World Super Middleweight, WBA Super World Super Middleweight, WBO World Super Middleweight and The Ring Super Middleweight championship. Also, on the undercard Souleymane Cissokho beat Kieron Conway and Frank Sanchez defeated Nagy Aguilera.
Soto vs Takayama stats
Elwin Soto stepped into the ring with a record of 18 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Katsunari Takayama made his way to the ring with a record of 32 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, with 12 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Soto had a large advantage in power over Takayama, boosting at 67% knock out percentage over Takayama's 38%.
Elwin Soto was the younger man by 13 years, at 24 years old.
Soto had a height advantage of 1 inch over Takayama.
Both Elwin Soto & Katsunari Takayama fought out of an orthodox stance.
Soto was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 21 less fights, and made his debut in 2016, 15 year and 11 months later than Takayama, whose first professional fight was in 2000. He had fought 238 less professional rounds, 93 to Takayama's 331.
Katsunari Takayama was ranked number 11 by the WBO in the 108lb division.
Soto vs Takayama form
Soto had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Carlos Buitrago on 30th October 2020 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Junior Flyweight championship fight at Fantasy Springs Casino, California, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Javier Alejandro Rendon on 15th February 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at Auditorio del Estado, Baja California, Mexico.
Going into that contest, he had beat Edward Heno on 24th October 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Junior Flyweight championship fight at Fantasy Springs Casino, California, United States.
Before that, he had defeated Angel Acosta on 21st June 2019 by knockout in the 12th round in their WBO World Junior Flyweight championship fight at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.
He had won against Joel Castro Cano on 4th May 2019 by knockout in the 4th round at Salon de Eventos del Hotel Posada del Sol, Baja California, Mexico.
Soto's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 41 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.2 rounds on average.
What time did Soto vs Takayama start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, United States, which was around 3:00 AM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Soto vs Takayama?
Elwin Soto was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Katsunari Takayama made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.