Earlier this year boxing fans saw Daigo Higa (8-0, 8) make a name for himself by winning a thriller with Kongfah CP Freshmart, stopping Kongfah in the 7th of 10 scheduled rounds. That win saw Higa claim his first title, the WBC Youth Flyweight title, which he defended successfully earlier today.
The Japanese 20 year old was facing off against Filipino visitor Renren Tesorio (15-6-3, 4) in what looked, on paper, to be a good test for Higa, given that Tesorio was the Filipino champion and had run Toshiyuki Igarashi very close last year.
Although it was a good match up on paper it was another bout where Higa's relentless assault, all action attack was simply too much.
The bout started fast with both men willing to take a shot to land one. It was an all action start though a foolish one from Tesorio who was trying to fight fire with fire. Although it was the wrong tactics from the challenger he did manage to fight well in the early stages before being hurt in round 5 as Higa began to really take over. In round 9 Tesorio was again hurt, though not too badly and it seemed as if he was going to become the first fighter to survive the schedule with Higa.
The champion had different ideas and refused to give up his perfect stoppage run. Eventually he got it, forcing the referee to save Tesorio with less than a minute of the bout left.
Early in his career we had questioned whether Higa would be able to go rounds. His first His first 5 bouts went just 7 rounds, and his first 6 bouts lasted just 11 rounds. He has however gone 17 rounds in his last 2 bouts and it now seems clear that he can go the schedule at his intense pace. That alone should be a big worry for the division which perhaps has been sleeping on the youngster who now appears like a future world contender, if not a champion.
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