The 19 year old Higa, a product of the SGS gym, came in to the bout 4 months removed from his latest bout, a quick blow out against Thailand's Pongpayu Chaiyonggym, and looked like he was in the mood for a quick victory from the opening bell. He couldn't quite manage that with Rivera seeing out the opening round, however he couldn't last the second round with Higa continuing to force the action and eventually dropping the Filipino.
Rivera, to his credit, got up but never got back into the fight with the referee being forced to save the visitor in the late stages of the second round.
For Higa, who debuted lated June, this was his longest bout to date, lasting 355 seconds, though it was such an easy victory for the exciting youngster that he's next expected to make his next outing on June 8th against a yet to be named opponent. For Rivera however this was a second stoppage loss suggesting he has durability issues, notably however this one was much quicker than his previous defeat which was a 7th round stoppage loss to Rex Wao last year.
For fans who haven't seen Higa in action we have included his debut and his fight with Pongpayu below, we advise you not to blink after the opening bell in either video.
(Both videos courtesy of )
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