Prefectural Budokan, Okinawa, Japan
Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Flyweight
Who won Higa vs Fuentes?
Daigo Higa beat Moises Fuentes by technical knockout in the 1st round on Sunday 4th February 2018 at Prefectural Budokan in Okinawa.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 112 pounds (8 stone or 50.8 KG).
This contest was for the WBC flyweight championship of the world.
Higa vs Fuentes stats
Daigo Higa stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 14 wins, zero loses and 0 draws.
Moises Fuentes made his way to the ring with a record of 25 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw.
The stats suggested that Higa and Fuentes have similar power, both with a 0% knock out percentage.
Daigo Higa was the younger man by 8 years, at 26 years old.
Fuentes had a height advantage of 4 inches over Higa. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Both Daigo Higa & Moises Fuentes fought out of an orthodox stance.
Higa was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 16 less fights, and made his debut in 2014, 7 year later than Fuentes, whose first professional fight was in 2007. He had fought 86 less professional rounds, 98 to Fuentes' 184.
Moises Fuentes was ranked number 9 by the WBC in the 112lb division.
Higa vs Fuentes form
Daigo Higa had stopped all of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Thomas Masson on 22nd October 2017 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Flyweight championship fight at Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan.
Previous to that, he had defeated Juan Hernandez Navarrete on 20th May 2017 by technical knockout in the 6th round in their WBC World Flyweight championship fight at Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo.
Going into that contest, he had beat Diomel Diocos on 4th February 2017 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Korakuen Hall.
Before that, he had won against Felipe Cagubcob Jr on 5th November 2016 by knockout in the 4th round at Korakuen Hall.
He had beat Ardin Diale on 2nd July 2016 by knockout in the 4th round at Korakuen Hall.
Higa's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 10 months and 22 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 2 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 25 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5 rounds on average.
What time did Higa vs Fuentes start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 AM UTC at Prefectural Budokan, Okinawa, Japan, which was 6:00 AM EST or 3:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 11:00 AM GMT in the UK.
What were the odds on Higa vs Fuentes?
Daigo Higa was a 3/50 (-1666) favourite going into the contest, while Moises Fuentes made his way into the ring at 7/1 (+700) with oddsmakers.