Back in May we saw the all action Daigo Higa (13-0, 13) [比嘉 大吾] claim the WBC Flyweight title with a sensational win over Juan Hernandez. Since then the Okinawan destroyer has been busy taking a break from training and going through some special events to celebrate his win, and his new found celebrity status in Japan.
Yesterday Higa finally returned to the gym and took part in a public work out, his first as a world champion, and spoke abiout the future, as well as being a champion and his fruitful partnership with mentar Yoko Gushiken.
The work out wasn't hugely intense, returns to the gym never are, but the ever honest Higa did seem to have been humbled and surprised by how people have treat his achievements in recent weeks, especially in Okinawa.
Higa admitted that his days at Flyweight are numbered. He's looking to make his first defense later this year, then wants a unification bout with WBA champion Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔]. After that his plans are to move up to Super Flyweight, which is such a talent rich division right now.
Although Higa's is now a world champion he knows he needs to improve, and it seems clear that the focus going forward is in regards to using his jab more. It's likely we'll see him with an improved jab when he makes his first defense, potentially at the end of 2017.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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