Daigo Higa given indefinite suspension by JBC among other penalties!
Earlier this month was saw Daigo Higa (15-1, 15) [比嘉 大吾] not only suffer his first defeat but become the first Japanese fighter to lose a world title on the scales, as he failed to make weight for a WBC Flyweight title defense against Nicaraguan Cristofer Rosales (27-3, 18).
Following the loss Higa was forced to spend time in hospital with the JBC reviewing the ordeal to decide on his punishment, which was announced today.
Firstly Higa will be financially punished, with 20% of his purse being taken. In a more telling punishment the JBC have given him an indefinite punishment, essentially the same as was given to Luis Nery for failing to make weight in his second bout with Shinsuke Yamanaka.
The JBC have also stated that as part of Higa eventual return to the ring he will be forced to move up in weight.
Following the JBC announcing the punishment the Shirai Gushiken Gym, who manage Higa, released a statment apologising for Higa’s failure tomake weight and stated it shouldn’t have happened. They explained that Higa has been hospitalised for examinations but has since been released and will now aim to manage the health of their fighters more seriously.
Interestingly the JBC have stated they won’t remove the suspension until they satisfied with health and condition reports from the gym, and it seems like they are intending on keeping a close eye on the fighter going forward, to prevent something similar happening again.
The seriousness of this punishment seems to be a statement from the JBC that they are running out of patience with fighters unable to make weight, and we’re expecting to see them change their rules in this regard in the near future, with a number of domestic bouts being cancelled recently dueto weight failures.