Daigo Higa

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Daigo Higa
Statistics
Real name 比嘉大吾
Weight(s)
Height 5 ft 3½ in (161 cm)
Reach 64 in (163 cm)
Nationality Japanese
Born (1995-08-09) August 9, 1995 (age 23)
Urasoe, Okinawa, Japan
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 16
Wins 15
Wins by KO 15
Losses 1

Daigo Higa (比嘉 大吾, Higa Daigo, August 9, 1995) is a Japanese professional boxer who held the WBC flyweight title from 2017 to 2018.

Amateur career[edit]

Higa turned pro at the age of 18, after a brief amateur career where he accrued a 36-8 record.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Higa's manager is Boxing Hall of Fame member Yoko Gushiken.[2] Higa made his professional debut on June 2014, defeating Saengkeng Saknarong by technical knockout less than a minute into the first round. He won his first title by stopping previously undefeated Thai fighter Kongfah CP Freshmart in 7 rounds to claim the WBC Youth flyweight title. He went on to defend that title twice before claiming the OPBF flyweight belt against Filipino gatekeeper Ardin Diale. Higa broke down and battered Diale with body shots, eventually stopping him in round 4.[3]

On 2017, Higa won a world championship in his first try, defeating Juan Hernández by technical knockout to become the WBC flyweight title. Hernández had won the title earlier that year against Nawaphon Por Chokchai and was scheduled to make his first defense against Higa. However, he lost his belt at the scales due to coming in over the weight limit. Higa dominated Hernández, dropping him five times over the course over the fight before the referee finally stopped the contest.[4] With the win, Higa became Okinawa's first boxing world champion since Akinobu Hiranaka.[5] After becoming a world champion, Higa said his goals were facing WBA champion Kazuto Ioka in a flyweight unification bout and breaking Japan's record of 15 consecutive knockouts.[6]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
16 fights 15 wins 1 loss
By knockout 15 1
By decision 0 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
16 Loss 15–1 Nicaragua Cristofer Rosales TKO 9 (12) 04-15-2018 Japan Yokohama Arena, Yokohama Lost WBC flyweight title on scales
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Moisés Fuentes KO 1 (12) 02-04-2018 Japan Prefectural Budokan, Naha Retained WBC flyweight title
14 Win 14–0 France Thomas Masson TKO 7 (12) 10-22-2017 Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo Retained WBC flyweight title
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Juan Hernández TKO 6 (12) 05-20-2017 Japan Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo Won vacant WBC flyweight title
12 Win 12–0 Philippines Diomel Diocos TKO 4 (10) 02-04-2017 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
11 Win 11–0 Philippines Felipe Cagubcob Jr. KO 4 (12) 11-05-2016 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo Retained OPBF flyweight title
10 Win 10–0 Philippines Ardin Diale KO 4 (12) 07-02-2016 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo Won OPBF flyweight title
9 Win 9–0 Philippines Romel Oliveros KO 2 (10) 04-05-2016 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo Retained WBC Youth flyweight title
8 Win 8–0 Philippines Renren Tesorio TKO 10 (10) 11-07-2015 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo Retained WBC Youth flyweight title
7 Win 7–0 Thailand Kongfah CP Freshmart KO 7 (10) 07-24-2015 Thailand Siam Paradise Entertainment Centre, Bangkok Won vacant WBC Youth flyweight title
6 Win 6–0 Philippines Cris Alfante KO 4 (6) 06-08-2015 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
5 Win 5–0 Philippines Virden Rivera KO 2 (6) 05-10-2015 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
4 Win 4–0 Thailand Pongpayu Chaiyonggym TKO 2 (6) 01-12-2015 South Korea Culture Center, Hongcheon
3 Win 3–0 Japan Keisuke Fujji TKO 1 (4) 11-26-2014 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
2 Win 2–0 Thailand Rotthang Wor Por Srisaket TKO 2 (4) 08-22-2014 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
1 Win 1–0 Thailand Saengkeng Saknarong TKO 1 (4) 06-17-2014 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo Professional debut

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Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Juan Hernández
WBC flyweight champion
May 20, 2017 – April 14, 2018
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Cristofer Rosales