Tape rankings @ Bantamweight
Who won Kobayashi vs Higa?
Daigo Higa beat Yuki Strong Kobayashi by knockout in the 5th round on Thursday 31st December 2020 at Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 118 pounds (8.4 stone or 53.5 KG).
This fight appeared on the undercard of Kazuto Ioka's and Kosei Tanaka's clash for the WBO World Junior Bantamweight championship.
Kobayashi vs Higa stats
Yuki Strong Kobayashi stepped into the ring with a record of 16 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Daigo Higa made his way to the ring with a record of 16 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 16 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Higa had a massive power advantage over Kobayashi, boosting at 100% knock out percentage over Kobayashi's 56%.
Yuki Strong Kobayashi was the older man by 4 years, at 31 years old.
Both Yuki Strong Kobayashi & Daigo Higa fought out of an orthodox stance.
Kobayashi was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 6 more fights, and made his debut in 2011, 3 years and 1 month earlier than Higa, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 50 more professional rounds, 148 to Higa's 98.
Yuki Strong Kobayashi went into the fight ranked number 14 by the WBO and 9 by the IBF at bantamweight.
Daigo Higa was ranked number 10 by the WBA and 15 by the WBC in the 118lb division.
Kobayashi vs Higa form
Daigo Higa had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had drawn with Seiya Tsutsumi on 26th October 2020 by majority draw in their 10 round contest at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Cristofer Rosales on 15th April 2018 by technical knockout in the 9th round in their WBC World Flyweight championship fight at Arena, Kanagawa.
Going into that contest, he had won against Moises Fuentes on 4th February 2018 by technical knockout in the 1st round in their WBC World Flyweight championship fight at Prefectural Budokan, Okinawa.
Before 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.
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.
Higa's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 2 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 33 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.6 rounds on average.
What time did Kobayashi vs Higa start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 AM UTC at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan, which was 4:00 AM EST or 1:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 9:00 AM GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Kobayashi vs Higa?
Kobayashi vs Higa was broadcast on BoxNation in the UK.
What were the odds on Kobayashi vs Higa?
Yuki Strong Kobayashi was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Daigo Higa made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.