Flyweight world titleholder Daigo Higa was stripped of his belt on Saturday for failing to make weight forward of his third protection scheduled towards Cristofer Rosales on Sunday on the Yokohama Area in Yokohama, Japan.
Higa (15-Zero, 15 KOs), 22, of Japan, was 114 kilos on the weigh in, two over the category restrict of 112. He was given time for an additional try at making weight however after 90 minutes gave up.
Rosales (26-Three, 17 KOs), 23, of Nicaragua, was 111.5 kilos and might nonetheless win the title if he wins the combat. If Higa wins the combat the belt will stay vacant.
In the principle occasion, secondary middleweight world titlist Ryota Murata (13-1, 10 KOs), 32, a 2012 Japanese Olympic gold medalist, will make his first protection towards former European champion Emanuele Blandamura (27-2, 5 KOs), 38, of Italy. They each made weight with Murata weighing the division restrict of 160 kilos and Blandamura scaling 159.5 kilos.
The Murata-Blandamura bout will air dwell in a global version of Prime Rank Boxing on ESPN at eight a.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes with an 11 p.m. ET replay on ESPN2.