WBO flyweight titleholder Elwin Soto to face Katsunari Takayama on May 8, sources say

Elwin Soto will defend his WBO flyweight world title against former strawweight champion Katsunari Takayama on the Canelo Alvarez-Billy Joe Saunders undercard on May 8 at AT&T Stadium, multiple sources told ESPN on Friday.

Soto (18-1, 12 KOs), 24, of Mexico, will be making the first defense under the Matchroom Boxing banner, after agreeing to a co-promotional contract on April 9. Soto is also promoted by Zanfer Promotions.

Soto won the title in 2019 with a 12th-round KO of Angel Acosta. He has made two defenses of the belt, including a unanimous decision victory over Carlos Buitrago last October.

Takayama (32-8, 12 KOs), 37, of Japan, is a five-time strawweight titlist. He moved up in weight in December in a six-round unanimous decision victory over Reiya Konishi in Osaka.