Yesterday fight fans in Japan saw Daigo Higa (13-0, 13) [比嘉 大吾] become the new WBC Flyweight champion, as he demolished Juan Hernandez (34-3, 25) in 6 rounds, dropping the Mexican 6 times in total.
Today Higa took part in a press conference, reflecting on his win looking forward to the future, with two clear aims on his mind.
The youngster stated that he had damaged a tooth very early in the bout but that he was happy with his performance and in becoming a world champion at the age of 21, the same as his mentor Yoko Gushiken. He stated that in the future he was looking to extend his KO run record, and is targeting the Japanese record of Tsuyoshi Hamada, who scored 15 straight stoppages.
Gushiken admitted that he's now going to have to get Higa big fights going forward, and although he's going to have to have a mandatory defense in the near future there was suggestions that Higa will pursue a world title unification with WBA champion Kazuto Ioka in the near future.
Although there are huge plans for Higa, and his growing success, he's set to take some time away from the gym and in June he'll be in Urasoe City for a parade and then will be attending his old high school a few days later.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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