Earlier today Japanese fans Saw exciting rising star Daigo Higa (11-0, 11) [比嘉 大吾] record his first defense of the OPBF Flyweight title, as he scored a 4th round KO win over gutsy Filipino southpaw Felipe Cagubcob Jr (6-3-5, 2).
The bout started fast with Higa looking to impose himself in the opening seconds. Cagubcob however refuse to be fear Higa and saw off the first storm before fighting back and giving Higa some real issues. It seemed that Cagubcob's southpaw stance was giving Higa questions that he hadn't had before and the Japanese star missed more frequently than usual whilst being forced to take some solid body shots from Cagubcob.
For the first 2 rounds it seemed like Higa's strength and phsyciality was beign neutralised by Cagucob's toughness and southpaw style, and in fact at times Cagucob actually backed up Higa. From round 3 however Higa seemed to relax, cut the distance and break down Cagubcob with pressure, backing up the Filipino and begin to chip away at his resistence and mark up his face.
In round 4 Higa's body took it's effect and Cagubcob went down, being counted out soon afterwards.
The win for Higa takes him another step towards a world title bout, which is expected to come in 2017, possible in the first half of the year. With that in mind Higa's mentor Yoko Gushiken will be looking for Higa's next opponent, and interestingly Gushiken admitted that he thinks Higa's a stronger fighter than he was.
Cagubcob, who had put up a great effort, seemed to suggest that Higa wasn't as good as being made out and even suggested he wanted a rematch. It was a strange comment from the Filipino, as he seemed to be wilting before Higa scored the stoppage, but a notable one all the same.
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Tomorrow Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall, and those tuning in on G+, will get the chance to see OPBF Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (10-0, 10) [比嘉 大吾] battle Filipino southpaw Felipe Cagubcob Jr (6-2-5, 2), in what will be Higa's first defense of the title that he won earlier this year.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in with both fighters managing to make the weight at their first attempt.
On the scales the champion was the lighter man with Higa coming at 111.5lbs, well under the divisional limit but looking genuinely incredible with his body looking great. As for Cagubcob he was on the limit, but rumours are that he was struggling to make weight and some speculation is that he's very much done everything to make the weight limit.
If Higa wins, as many are suspecting, the hope is for him to move into a world title fight by the end of next year, and from what we've seen of him we certainly wouldn't rule out the youngster from claiming a title and keeping his perfect record.
Daigo Higa looks to defend OPBF crown and keep KO streak running!
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Often with boxing we get under-card bouts that are more interesting, at least to us, than the main event. That'll be the case on November 5th when the OPBF Flyweight title bout between defending champion Daigo Higa (10-0, 10) [比嘉 大吾] and Filipino southpaw Felipe Cagubcob Jr (6-2-5, 2) will likely be over-shadowed by a bout on the under-card.
That bout will see former Japanese and OPBF Super Featherweight title challenger Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟] battling the unbeaten Shuya Masaki (5-0, 2) [正木 脩也] in a really intriguing contest.
On paper it's easy to over-look the unbeaten 22 year old Masaki. The Teiken man hasn't looked sensational so far and although he is highly regarded by those at the Teiken gym he certainly didn't blow us away against Vergil Puton back in March. Interestingly he will be also be coming into this after the hard battle with Yuya Shimakura, who was left in hospital following the contest.
Despite not looking great there is real excitement about Masaki who had been fighting in 8 rounders recently and he does look like a man who has a lot more to offer than we've been able to see. We're not suggesting he's a world champion in the making but he looks like a man with extra gears in his locker that has refused to test so far.
Eto on the other hand is a recognised contender on the Japanese on Oriental domestic scene and he gave former Japanese champion Rikki Naito hell when the two fought in 2014. He does however come in to this bout on the back of successive losses, losing to Masayuki Ito last December and Masaru Sueyoshi this past June, and can ill afford another set back, in fact a loss for Eto would see him falling to 3-4 in the last 7 bouts.
Although out of form Eto is certainly not a bad fighter and the hunger of looking to turn his career around will likely get the best out of him, and at his best he is a pretty solid fighter with a huge edge in experience here and their is a lot of excitement at the SGS gym, under whom he fights.
It's also worth noting that Koki Eto (18-4-1, 13) [江藤 光喜] will be on the same card, facing Filipino puncher Jun Blazo (5-1-3, 5), with Koki looking less than great last time out against another over-looked Filipino, Michael Escobia.
Daigo Higa to defend OPBF crown against Felipe Cagubcob Jr on November 5th
Yuya Shimakura under-goes surgery following loss
Over the past couple of days we have been drip fed information regarding the ring return of OPBF Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (10-0, 10) [比嘉 大吾]. We now know all the details needed.
Firstly we were informed that Higa would be fighting in November, that was later narrowed down to November 5th. We then learned that the bout would be an OPBF title defence, the first, from Higa. We now know that the young and exciting fighter will be defending his OPBF belt against Filipino southpaw Felipe Cagubcob Jr (6-2-5, 2), AKA "Crunch Man", in the headline bout of a Dynamic Glove bout to be show on G+.
The bout will, as mentioned, be Higa's first defense of the OPBF title and see him look to record his 11th straight stoppage victory. Interestingly he'll be hunting a 4th straight win over a Filipino and will be facing his 6th Filipino over-all, with the previous 5 lasting a combined 22 rounds. Those 22 rounds include his 4 round destruction of Ardin Diale last time out.
The exciting Higa is eyeing up potential world title bouts in the near future but will know that he can't take his eye off the ball here, and in fact it sounds like he is wanting to move into a world title bout with a perfect 100% KO record.
For Cagubcob the bout will be his biggest to date. Notably he began his career in 2012 and ended the year 0-0-3 with all 3 draws being majority decisions, strangely all 3 bouts saw identical scores of 38-38-twice and 39-37 to Cagubcob. Following that rather peculiar start he would fall to 1-2-5 but has since scored 5 straight wins to turn his career around, with the most notable of those wins being a 4th round KO win against Donny Mabao in July for the GAB Flyweight title.
Aged 25 the challenger will be a confident fighter coming in to this bout, but will be the very clear under-dog against a man that many are suggesting is a world champion in the making. It should be noted however that Cagubcob has mixed with decent fighters, including Lloyd Jardeliza, who he twice drew with, Renz Rosia, Jake Bornea and Joey Canoy, who he also held to a draw.
Also on this card will be Shingo Eto (17-5-1, 9) [江藤 伸悟] and Koki Eto (18-4-1, 13) [江藤 光喜]
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