Earlier today news broke from Japan that former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (16-1, 16) [比嘉 大吾] has now had his next bout set, with opponent, date and venue all officially announced.
The former champion, who transferred to the AMBITION gym earlier this year, will be returning to action on October 26th at Korakuen Hall where he will face the unbeaten Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-1, 4) [堤聖也] in a scheduled 10 round bout at Bantamweight.
For Higa the bout will be his second since returning to the ring in February and stopping Jason Buenaobra in 6 rounds. That bout followed a lengthy suspension by the JBC for missing weight in his 2018 world title defense against Cristofer Rosales, and saw him being forced to move up in weight to avoid a similar issue in the future.
It's assumed that if Higa wins, without too many problems, he could be back in the ring in December in a high profile bout as part of a big card. The assumption is that that card will be headlined by WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔] defending his title against Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成].
For Tsutsumi the bout is his first since a very controversial, and unfortunate, draw against Kazuki Nakajima (8-0-1, 7) [中嶋一輝] in the God's Left Bantamweight tournament in January. He will clearly be the under-dog, but he's a very talented fighter himself and this is a huge opportunity for him to make a mark on the sport and give his career the big boost it needs. Coming in to this he is ranked by the JBC and is a step up from Higa's last opponent.
In regards to TV it's yet to be confirmed what will be happening with this bout, though the assumption is that TBS will be airing on tape delay it as they begin their relationship with the AMBITION Gym, and with Higa. It's expected that the announcement regarding TV will be made in the coming weeks.
As for the under-card, the most interesting bout that has been confirmed so far is a match up between Ryuto Owan (5-1, 3) [大湾硫斗] and Tomoya Kishine (6-3-1, 2) [岸根知也]. This will be Owan's first bout since losing in a Japanese Youth title fight against taking on Tetsu Araki in 2018 whilst Kishine will be looking to build on a 2019 win against Masato Morisaki.
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