Earlier today we saw the popular, and fast rising, Daigo Higa (12-0, 12) [比嘉 大吾] extend his perfect start to his professional career as he secured a 4th round win against the brave, but out-gunned, Diomel Diocos (10-2-3, 3).
The opening round saw Higa set the pace for the bout, and it was clear that he was looking to continue his stoppage run. Unfortunately for fans expecting a super quick blow out Diocos showed real survival instincts and not only fought back, in patches, but managed to neutralise Higa at times in the first 2 rounds but clinching when Higa got too close. It was a game plan that risked irking the referee, and fans, but did help the Filipino survive the first two rounds.
In round 3 Higa begane to just punch his way through the clinches, showing he was the stronger man. With Higa now punching when Diocos was holding the Filipino's main survival tactic was starting to become his own undoing. The round was a torrid one for Diocos who took a pounding and was forced to take some huge shots as Higa began to hunt the KO. Diocos managed to survive but it looked like it was only a matter of time before he would be broken down.
Higa continued to press the action in round 4, and quickly had the break through he needed hurting the Filipino who later dropped to the canvas as Higa let his shots fly. As soon as he was down the referee called a halt to the contest.
Following the bout Higa stated that his intention is to face the winner of the March 4th bout between Nawaphon Por Chokchai (36-0, 28) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and Mexican Juan Hernandez (33-2, 24), who face off for the WBC Flyweight title.
Higa's win made it 2-0 to Japan against the Philippines as countryman Masaru Sueyoshi (14-1, 9) [末吉 大] stopped the previously unbeaten Allan Vallespin (9-1, 8). Vallespin came out swinging and put Sueyoshi under incredible pressure in the open two rounds, with Sueyoshi looking like a man trying to find his feet in the bout. Sadly for the Filipino his pressure worked against him in round 3 as he took a huge counter right hand which send him flat on his back and forced the referee to immediately stop the contest.
Another stoppage on this card saw a notable upset as Sueyoshi's Teiken stablemate Yamato Hata (3-1, 3) [波田 大和] suffered a 4th round TKO loss to Takuya Hashimoto (6-5, 6) [橋本 拓也]. The bout saw Hata start well and in round 3 he managed to drop Hashimoto. That however wasn't enough to stop Hashimoto who came out swinging in round 4 and dropped Hata with a huge left hook. Hata got to his feet but never managed to recover and he was stopped soon afterwards as Hashimoto went on the hunt, forcing Hata's team to throw in the towel.
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