Belts on The Line
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Who won Navarrete vs Higa?
Daigo Higa beat Juan Hernandez Navarrete by technical knockout in the 6th round on Saturday 20th May 2017 at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo.
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.
Navarrete vs Higa stats
Back in May 2017, Daigo Higa stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 12 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Juan Hernandez Navarrete made his way to the ring with a record of 34 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 25 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Higa had a large advantage in power over Navarrete, boosting at 100% knock out percentage over Navarrete's 74%.
Daigo Higa was the younger man by 9 years, at 22 years old.
Both Daigo Higa & Juan Hernandez Navarrete fought out of an orthodox stance.
Higa was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 24 less fights, and made his debut in 2014, 10 year and 2 months later than Navarrete, whose first professional fight was in 2004. He had fought 43 less professional rounds, 124 to Navarrete's 167.
Juan Hernandez Navarrete was ranked number 1 by the WBC in the 112lb division.
Navarrete vs Higa form
Juan Hernandez Navarrete had stopped all of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Nawaphon Kaikanha on 4th March 2017 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their WBC World Flyweight championship fight at National Stadium Gymnasium, Bangkok, Thailand.
Previous to that, he had beat Omar Nino Romero on 11th June 2016 by knockout in the 2nd round at Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico.
Going into that contest, he had won against Luis Carrillo on 9th April 2016 by knockout in the 1st round at Auditorio Benito Juárez, Veracruz.
Before that, he had beat Jesus Silvestre on 6th February 2016 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Arena Coliseo, Mexico City.
He had defeated Raymond Tabugon on 14th November 2015 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosi.
Higa's last 4 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 2 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 3 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.5 rounds on average.
Navarrete's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 6 months and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 3 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
What time did Navarrete vs Higa start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 12:00 PM UTC at Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan, which was 8:00 AM EST or 5:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 1:00 PM BST in the UK.
What were the odds on Navarrete vs Higa?
Daigo Higa was a 1/1 (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Juan Hernandez Navarrete made his way into the ring at 4/5 (-130) with oddsmakers.