Earlier today we reported that OPBF Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (11-0, 11) [比嘉 大吾] would be in action on February 4th as part of the show headlined by a Japanese Super Bantamweight title fight between Yasutaka Ishimoto (29-8, 8) [石本 康隆] and mandatory challenger Yusaku Kuga (13-2-1, 9) [久我 勇作]. Sadly since we published that story it has been revealed that Higa won't be defending his title, but will instead fight in what is being advertised as a "world title prelude", essentially a tune up bout whilst his team begin to work towards a world title fight.
The fighter hasn't officially vacated the OPBF title but his February 4th bout, which was originally planned to be a defense, will just be a stay busy bout.
When we first reported Higa's ring return we didn't know who the opponent would be, now however we can report that the opponent will be Filipino journeyman Jayar Estremos (11-12, 4). Estremos comes into this bout on a 1-7 run, though did score a huge upset win over Glen Porras in November and took Kwanpichit OnesongChaigym to a majority decision in February 2014. Despite being capable of an upset it's unliukely he will give much of a challenger to Higa who will be expected to stream the visitor, as he has done with opponents though his short but exciting career.
If Higa comes out on top, as expected, it's though he will move towards a summer world title bout with the winner of the upcoming WBC title contest between Nawaphon Por Chokchai (36-0, 28) [นวพล นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and Mexican Juan Hernandez (33-2, 24), who face off on March 4th.
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