Next weekend we'll see WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (14-0, 14) [比嘉 大吾] make his second defense of the title, as he takes on former WBO Minimumweight champion Moises Fuentes (25-4-1, 14) in Okinawa. The bout will see Higa headline a world title show for the first time, and be the figure at the center of the Fuji TV broadcast, something he's never been before, as well defending the title in front of fans in the area that he grew up in.
Today the fighter took part in a public work out ahead of his up coming title defense.
The work out wasn't the hardest, with some shadow boxing, a round of sparring, and some work with the heavy bag. The conditions at the gym however seemed less than great and it did look like Higa was struggling to work up a sweat.
Much of the focus of his training for the fight has apparently been on his weight loss, and it does seem that there is some worries of Higa taking something away from himself to make the 112lb limit. There was also some frustration shown by Higa in regards to the venue, with the venue seemingly too small to cope with the demand.
Although the fighter is under pressure to perform and put on a show for fans in Naha he does seem very confident, and has predicted a stoppage in the first half of the fight, as he looks to match the Japanese record of 15 straight T/KO wins by Tsuyoshi Hamada.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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