We've known for a while that Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yasutaka Ishimoto (29-8, 8) [石本 康隆] would be facing the heavy handed Yusaku Kuga (13-2-1, 9) [久我 勇作] on February 4th in a mandatory title defense as part of the Champion Carnival. That bout will be a rematch of a 2015 bout that saw Ishimoto take a narrow win over Kuga and is a perfect way to kick off the series of Japanese title bouts between champions and top contenders.
A new bit of news for the same show is that Daigo Higa (11-0, 11) [比嘉 大吾] will be making his ring return on the show to defend his OPBF Flyweight title and attempt to extend his unbeaten KO run, whilst making his second defense of the Oriental title.
At the moment Higa's opponent hasn't been named, though we're not expecting anyone too good given the short notice, but the bout will likely serve as one of Higa's final bouts before a potential world title bout later this year, potentially for the WBC title.
Higa has impressed in recent years and will be continuing his growing relationship with G+ who will be airing this February 4th show, however for the first time in a while he won't be the headline act, instead serving as part of a doiuble header. That won't be a problem for the youngster who is still coming to grips with his success and appears to be building his confidence on a personal level with every fight, whilst continuing to destroy decent opponents, like Ardin Diale and Felipe Cagubcob Jr.
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