Belts on The Line
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Who won Higa vs Rosales?
Cristofer Rosales beat Daigo Higa by technical knockout in the 9th round on Sunday 15th April 2018 at Arena in Kanagawa.
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 Rosales stats
Back in April 2018, Cristofer Rosales stepped into the ring with a record of 26 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 17 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Daigo Higa made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 15 wins and 0 draws, with 15 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Higa had a massive power advantage over Rosales, boosting at 100% knock out percentage over Rosales' 65%.
Cristofer Rosales was the older man by 1 year, at 24 years old.
Rosales had a height advantage of 4 inches over Higa. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Both Cristofer Rosales & Daigo Higa fought out of an orthodox stance.
Rosales was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 14 more fights, and made his debut in 2013, 1 year earlier than Higa, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 142 more professional rounds, 266 to Higa's 124.
Daigo Higa was ranked number 2 by the WBC and 11 by the IBF in the 112lb division.
Higa vs Rosales form
Daigo Higa had stopped all of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Moises Fuentes on 4th February 2018 by technical knockout in the 1st round in their WBC World Flyweight championship fight at Prefectural Budokan, Okinawa, Japan.
Previous to that, he had beat Thomas Masson on 22nd October 2017 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Flyweight championship fight at Kokugikan, Tokyo.
Going into that contest, he had won against 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.
Before that, he had beat Diomel Diocos on 4th February 2017 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Korakuen Hall.
He had defeated Felipe Cagubcob Jr on 5th November 2016 by knockout in the 4th round at Korakuen Hall.
Rosales' last 4 fights had come over a period of 10 months and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 2 months and 22 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 42 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.5 rounds on average.
Higa's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 5 months and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 3 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 22 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.4 rounds on average.
What time did Higa vs Rosales start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 AM UTC at Arena, Kanagawa, Japan, which was 7:00 AM EST or 4:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 12:00 PM BST in the UK.
What were the odds on Higa vs Rosales?
Cristofer Rosales was a 7/1 (+700) underdog going into the contest, while Daigo Higa made his way into the ring at 7/100 (-1400) with oddsmakers.