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WBC world flyweight champion Daigo Higa (14-0, 14KO) will be making the second defence of his world title on February 4th as he faces former WBO minimumweight world champion and former WBO interim light-flyweight champion Moises Fuentes. The confirmation of the contest was announced by the World Boxing Council (WBC). The WBC have stated that the contest is to be held in Japan with an location set to be decided and is likely to be promoted by renown promoters Teiken.

Daigo Higa is arguably the most exciting flyweight in the world, with a 100% knockout ratio so far in his career. 22 year old Higa became WBC champion in May of this year when he defeated Juan Hernandez Navarrete (34-2) with a 6th round knockout over the former holder (Navarrete stripped of title on scale due to missing weight, vacant title bout). Higa has since defended his world title once against Thomas Masson (17-3-1) in October on the undercard of Ryota Murata’s WBA world middleweight title victory over Hassan N’Dam. Higa successfully defended the title title against Masson with 7th round knockout.

Fuentes (24-5-1) of Mexico is a more then capable foe for the Japanese champion, having already faced a number of the best fighters between minimumweight and flyweight so far in his career to date. Fuentes who is 30 years old, has faced the likes of Donnie Nietes, Kosei Tanaka, Raul Garcia and the previously mentioned  Juan Hernandez Navarrete. Fuentes has previously challenged for a world title three times unsuccessfully at light-fly and makes his maiden attempt to claim a world title at flyweight.

One interested observer of the contest will be Britain’s Andrew Selby, who has fought two world title eliminators this year within the WBC rankings. Selby (10-0) is currently ranked number two behind Muhammad Waseem (8-0) (WBC silver title holder). Selby is arguably one of the best fighters in Britain without having challenged for a world title so far in his career.

 

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