Earlier today we reported that the next step in the career of Daigo Higa (7-0, 7) was a return to the ring in the fall to make the first defense of his newly acquired WBC Youth Flyweight title. It now seems that his promoter, the great Yoko Gushiken, has longer term plans for his talented and very exciting young prospect.
It seems that Gushiken is open to the idea of taking Higa away from Japan, once again, and moving him towards a world title fight in what would be Higa's 9th professional bout, the same amount of fights that it took Gushiken himself to win a world title.
Sadly for Higa he would have to travel for the shot, due to JBC rules. The JBC currently prevent Japanese fighters from fighting for a world title in Japan until they have claimed either the Japanese or OPBF titles. Higa has claimed neither and with the intention of defending his belt in the fall he wouldn't have time to claim a domestic title prior to his proposed title fight.
The reality is that he will likely be forced to wait for a world shot, and may well go the typical route that would see him claiming an OPBF or JBC belt, though it is great to see that Gushiken is open to taking his man on the road again, especially given his performance late last week in Thailand against Kongfah CP Freshmart.
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