The young sttaed he wanted to try and fight 3 more times this year. The next of those fights has been pencilled in for May and it seems like Higa and promoter Yoko Gushiken have arranged that bout to be against WBC #1 ranked challenger Pakistani Muhammad Waseem (8-0, 6) and will be a mandatory defense for the champion.
Higa is also hoping to have a unified title bout later this year, talking about frustrations at Kazuto Ioka's retirement and the fact that Higa had been wanting to fight the Osakan last year, to unify the WBC and WBA titles. As part of that aim he will be attending "Superfly 2" later this month, and appears to have eyes on the IBF title, which will be defended by Donnie Nietes (40-1-4, 22) as he takes on Argentinina's Juan Carlos Revecco (39-3, 19).
There was also talk about a contest with former WBO Minimumweight and Light Flyweight Kosei Tanaka (10-0, 6) [田中恒成] being a potential foe as Higa looks to get a big bout after his mandatory title fight.
Longer term the plan is try and make a defense in Okinawa a regular thing, and the Okinawa Cellular Stadium seemslikely to hold those bouts in the future, as well as a bout on foreign soil, with the US looking likely to host a fight of his in the the future. Interestingly he's also looking to score 20 consecutive KO's and become a "special champion".
Although there had been rumours of Higa vacating it seems those plans are hold. Higa did suggest his days at 112lbs are limited, but for now he's got plans to stay there and to stay busy, with a move up to Super Flyweight likely to now take place in 2019.
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