Earlier today sources in Japan confirmed that there would be a world title triple header on May 20th in Tokyo. One of those three bouts confirmed this morning was a WBC Flyweight title bout between mandatory challenger Daigo Higa (12-0, 12) [比嘉 大吾] and recently crowned champion Juan Hernandez Navarrete (34-2, 25), with Hernandez set to be making his first defense of the title.
Hernandez won the title on March 4th, when he travelled to Thailand and and ended the unbeaten record of Nawaphon Por Chokchai, in a bout for the vacant title. That bout saw Hernandez not only win the title but extend his winning run to 16 fights, following a 2011 loss to Kazuto Ioka for the WBC Minimumweight title.
During his current winning run Hernandez has scored 12 T/KO's and notched wins over Saul Juarez, Ramon Garcia Hirales, Jesus Silvestre and Omar Nino Romero. Those wins have helped him establish himself as one of the top Flyweights on the planet, even if he has only just become a world champion. In the ring he has proven he can box, bang, brawl and pretty much do anything, with very few flaws, though he does have two losses on his record and isn't a huge Flyweight by any stretch of the imagination.
As for Higa he's become one of the hottest young fighters in the sport today. He's demolished fighters on his rise up, which has seen claim the WBC Youth and OPBF titles, and score notable wins over the likes of Kongfah CP Freshmart and Ardin Diale. Not only has Higa been a destructive force but at 21 he has been a fighter who has constantly been improving and impressing and looks to be constantly showing new things, proving that he's not only an aggressive pressure fighting bully.
Although Higa is unproven at world level he has is seen as a fighter who can go all the way, following in the footsteps of mentor Yoko Gushiken. Like Gushiken Higa has been raced through the ranks and is looking to become a champion at a young age, and like Gushiken we've seen Higa make his name by being incredibly aggressive and hard working in the ring.
The bout will take place at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo and other world title bouts confirmed for the show are a WBA Middleweight title bout between Ryota Murata (12-0, 9) [村田 諒太] and Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (35-2, 21) and a WBC Light Flyweight title bout between defending champion Ganigan Lopez (28-6, 17) and unbeaten Japanese hopeful Ken Shiro (9-0, 5) [拳 四朗].
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