Saturday May 20, in Tokyo Japan, Teiken Promotions put on a world title triple header, headlined by a vacant WBA “Regular” middleweight world title contest between Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and undefeated Ryota Murata. The co-features, would be between veteran WBC, flyweight and light flyweight champions Ganigan Lopez and Juan Hernandez Navarrete, taking on rising Japanese prospects, Ken Shiro and Daigo Higa.
In the main event, multi-time middleweight “Interim” belt holder and world title challenger, Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam would finally claim a full version of a world title. In 2012 N’Dam, lost a bid against Peter Quillin for the divisions WBO title and in 2015 he lost an attempt, at claiming the divisions vacant IBF belt when he took on power puncher David Lemieux. Against Quillin and Lemieux, he would go down a combined ten times before losing decisions, Saturday “Third time was a charm”. Without suffering a knockdown, N’Dam claimed the WBA “Regular” middleweight world title, by unanimous decision, official scores read 115-112, 116-111 and 117-110.
The new WBA “Regular” middleweight champion, Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam improved to 36-2 (21), Ryota Murata after suffering his first defeat drops to 12-1 (9).
A bit of “Deja Vu” took place, for veteran WBC light flyweight champion Ganigan Lopez, when he attempted to defend his title aginast relatively inexperienced 9-0 Ken Shiro. The last time Lopez fought in Japan, was 2015 when he scored a majotity decision over then champion Yu Kimura. After making a successful title defense, over Jonathan Taconing back home in Mexico, Lopez returned to Japan and lost his title, just as he won it by majority decision. Official scores read, 114-114 and 115-113 twice in favor of Shiro.
The new WBC light flyweight champion, Ken Shiro improves to 10-0 (5), Ganigan Lopez now stands at 28-7 (17).
A new WBC World flyweight champion was crowned, when Daigo Higa scored a sixth round stoppage over Juan Hernandez Navarrete. The last time, 37 bout veteran “Churritos” Hernandez fought in Japan was in 2011, when he failed to claim the WBC World Minimum-weight title from then champion Kazuto Ioka who currently holds the WBA Flyweight title. In March of this year, Juan Hernandez Navarrete claimed the WBC flyweight strap, with a third round stoppage victory over Nawaphon Kaikanha in Thailand.
At the official weigh-in’s Friday, Navarrete failed to make the required 112lb limit and lost his title on the scales. With the title at stake for Higa only, after five close rounds a seemingly fading Navarrete had no more answers for the younger fresher Daigo Higa and was stopped at 2:58 of the sixth round.
The new WBC World flyweight champion Daigo Higa improved to 13-0 (13), Juan Hernandez Navarrete drops to 34-3 (25).