Back in December former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (15-1, 15) [比嘉 大吾] had the date of his long awaited return to the ring announced, on February 13th, and on Christmas his opponent was confirmed to be Jason Buenaobra (7-4-3, 3), of the Philippines.
Today Higa continued to moved towards his first bout, following a lengthy suspension by the JBC, as he took part in a media work out.
Higa was joined by promoter Yoko Gushiken and trainer Tadashi Tomori, both of whom are former world champions themselves, as a press conference and work out took place.
Prior to the work out a relaxed and happy looking Higa spoke to the media. He stated "I will do my best for the fans who have been waiting for a long time." [Translated] before Gushiken added "There are various things, but I will be in good shape with the relaunch in February. I want to get him to a world title again." [Translated]
Gushiken went on to reveal that there is a plan to get Higa to the top of the sport again in a very quick way. The hope is for Higa to get his come back out of the way in February before another fight to get back in to the swing of things, then a world title bout in December. Whether that plan comes to fruition is yet to be seen, but it is good that Gushiken and Higa have got a plan in mind.
Higa later went on to explain that after receiving his ban he didn't enter the gym for several months before slowly returning to train, once a week, then three times a week. But still had no desire to return until fans and family encouraged him to continue his career.
As for the actual work out Higa took part in a 2-round spar with Koki Eto (24-5-1-1, 19) [江藤光喜], and looked crisp through out, though looked a touch slow when he started working the mitts with Tomori, before increasing his speed and power as things went on.
The one thing that did seem to be missing through out the session today was stamina, though Higa's team seemed confident that would be improved by the time he steps in the ring with Buenaobra.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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