Waking up today Japanese fight fans would have been expecting to hear the news that WBC Flyweight champion Juan Hernandez Navarrete (34-2, 25) and Japanese challenger Daigo Higa (12-0, 12) [比嘉 大吾] had both made weight ahead of their highly anticipated bout this coming Saturday.
Sadly however Hernandez, a veteran of the sport, has failed to make the 112lb limit for the bout, and has lost his title on the scales, ending a disappointing reign that began just a few weeks ago when he travelled to Thailand and stopped nawaphon Por Chokchai for the title.
The Mexican's struggles with weight were no secret, in fact Yoko Gusjhiken, the manager for Higa, stated that Hernandez was over weight at the media work out the champion was supposed to take partt in but walked off from early, and it's seemed really obviouys that he has been unhappy since arriving in Japan.
As for Higa he made weight, and will be fighting for the vacant title tomorrow. He complained about making weight, but looked in amazing shape and quickly took on fluids after making the weight. It's obvious that he'll be out to make a statement with Hernandez failing to make weight, and even though he made weight he still looked the bigger man and the more professional athlete.
Higa risks unbeaten record against WBC champion Hernandez!
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