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]