Japan results: Higa, Shiro new WBC champions / Controversy as N’Dam splits Murata / Tanaka wins

WBN 20/05/2017

At the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan, two World Boxing Council titles changed hands on Saturday in an entertaining event.

A new flyweight ruler with crowned when Daigo Higa halted Juan Hernandez Navarrete in six rounds to push his record to 13-0.

Higa was the only one able to take the crown due to Hernandez failing weight, which showed as the pair traded blows throughout.

Hernandez will certainly have to move to super-flyweight as Higa begins the first reign of his professional career.

In the co-feature, light flyweight Ken Shiro dethroned Ganigan Lopez to pick up the green and gold belt at 108 pounds.

A closely-fought contest unfolded in front of a keen Japanese crowd and eventually saw Shiro take a majority verdict with the judges.

Scores of 115-113 twice saw Shiro claim his maiden championship in just his tenth fight, whilst a third official was unable to split the pair at 114-114.

Also on the bill, the vacant middleweight title was won by Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam as he defeated Olympic champion Ryota Murata in a massive shock.

In what seemed to be a straightforward victory for Murata, who won at least eight rounds on first viewing, it was N’Dam who took a split decision.

N’Dam was declared the winner 116-111, 115-112, whilst the third judge looked to have it about right with 117-110 in favor of Murata.

Elsewhere in Nagoya, Kosei Tanaka retained his light-flyweight strap with a points win over Angel Acosta.

Tanaka can now boast a record of nine wins without loss.