With his win on Sunday Higa has moved to being just a single stoppage away from the Japanese record for most successive stoppage wins. Interestingly he was joined at today's event by the man holding that record, Tsuyoshi Hamada, who wished Higa good luck in beating the record.
At the event Higa revealed that he was looking to return to the ring in early 2018, with January or February being reported as Higa's likely return. At the moment it's unclear who he will be facing, though from what Higa said it seems likely the bout will be in Okinawa and will bea home coming defense.
If Higa comes through his defense in early 2018 it seems likely he will be looking to make a mandatory defense in the summer, either May or June. There is however a chance that the WBC may order the champion to defend his title against a mandatory in early 2018, which would likely see Higa's plans change to accomodate the WBC's order.
Interestingly two names have been linked to Higa in recent weeks. One of those is Korean based Pakistani Muhammad Waseem (8-0, 6) whilst the other is Welshman Andrew Selby (10-0, 5).
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