Earlier today Japanese fans Saw exciting rising star Daigo Higa (11-0, 11) [比嘉 大吾] record his first defense of the OPBF Flyweight title, as he scored a 4th round KO win over gutsy Filipino southpaw Felipe Cagubcob Jr (6-3-5, 2).
The bout started fast with Higa looking to impose himself in the opening seconds. Cagubcob however refuse to be fear Higa and saw off the first storm before fighting back and giving Higa some real issues. It seemed that Cagubcob's southpaw stance was giving Higa questions that he hadn't had before and the Japanese star missed more frequently than usual whilst being forced to take some solid body shots from Cagubcob.
For the first 2 rounds it seemed like Higa's strength and phsyciality was beign neutralised by Cagucob's toughness and southpaw style, and in fact at times Cagucob actually backed up Higa. From round 3 however Higa seemed to relax, cut the distance and break down Cagubcob with pressure, backing up the Filipino and begin to chip away at his resistence and mark up his face.
In round 4 Higa's body took it's effect and Cagubcob went down, being counted out soon afterwards.
The win for Higa takes him another step towards a world title bout, which is expected to come in 2017, possible in the first half of the year. With that in mind Higa's mentor Yoko Gushiken will be looking for Higa's next opponent, and interestingly Gushiken admitted that he thinks Higa's a stronger fighter than he was.
Cagubcob, who had put up a great effort, seemed to suggest that Higa wasn't as good as being made out and even suggested he wanted a rematch. It was a strange comment from the Filipino, as he seemed to be wilting before Higa scored the stoppage, but a notable one all the same.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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