The bout with Kongfah, which can be seen below, saw Higa travel to Thailand to claim his title in an all out war that saw him eventually stopping Kongfah in a genuine contender for Asian Fight of the Year. Since that bout however Higa has been inactive, having time to recover and enjoy the win.
Now we know that he will be back in action on November 7th at the Korakuen Hall in what will be his first defense of the title. At the moment no opponent has been named for the bout though given what we know of Higa the bout will be fun to watch with the Japanese fighter coming out with the intention of scoring a stoppage rather than messing about looking for a stoppage.
If Higa impresses again there is the potential for the youngster to fight for world titles at some point next year, though he would likely have to travel for a shot given some of the JBC rules, which state a Japanese fighter must claim a JBC or OPBF title before they can challenge for a world title in Japan.