In the span of two days, Daigo Higa misplaced his WBC flyweight title, after which he misplaced his undefeated report.
The Japanese fighter, who entered the week having completed all 15 of his foes inside the gap, missed weight by two kilos on Saturday, after which sustained his first defeat when his nook threw within the towel at 1:42 of the ninth spherical of his bout in opposition to Nicaragua’s Cristofer Rosales Sunday on the Yokohama Arena in Japan.
Two judges had the scores shut at 76-76 and 77-75 for Rosales, whereas a 3rd had it 79-73, which is extra in keeping with the motion that preceded the stoppage.
Despite comfortably making the load, Rosales (27-Three, 18 knockouts) appeared the bigger of the 2 and masterfully managed the vary with a number of jabs. The tactical benefit translated to bodily punishment within the fourth as Higa (15-1, 15 KOs) was chased across the ring, getting his head popped again by proper crosses and uppercuts.
Higa was damage for the primary time within the combat by a left hook within the fifth, and instantly backed up. Even when he bought the popular terrain, preventing shoulder to shoulder, it was Rosales who bought the higher of exchanges, pushing him again and strolling him down.
Even along with his eyes closing, Higa stored throwing, touchdown his finest photographs within the sixth and seventh with left hooks to the physique. A rally within the seventh with hooks to the physique and head energized the group however it might be his closing hurrah, and following a torrid eighth spherical he began in direction of the fallacious nook earlier than discovering his manner again to his personal. The combat was stopped shortly into the ninth, and the conclusion was met by useless silence from the sector.
The win is an enormous enhance to the profession of the 23-year-old Rosales, who had beforehand misplaced choices to present WBA junior bantamweight titleholder Khalid Yafai and top-rated flyweight Andrew Selby, whereas dampening the momentum of Higa, 22, RING’s no. 2 rated flyweight, as he heads up in weight.
There was far much less drama in the primary occasion as 2012 Olympic middleweight gold medalist Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs) lifted the followers’ spirits with an eighth-round stoppage of Italy’s Emanuele Blandamura (27-Three, 5 KOs).
A sweeping proper hand despatched the 38-year-old Blandamura tumbling into the ropes, prompting the referee to cease the combat on the 2:56 mark of an more and more one-sided affair. The scores on the time of stoppage have been 70-63, 68-65 and 69-64, as Murata retains the WBA’s secondary “regular” middleweight title.
Murata, 32, wins his second straight at house following his controversial split-decision loss to Hassan N’Dam in May of 2017.
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