Today saw the announcement that the co-feature for the show would see WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (13-0, 13) [比嘉 大吾] making his first defense of that title as he takes on Frenchman Thomas Masson (17-3-1, 5), in what will be Masson's first bout outside of Europe.
Higa won his title on the same card as N'Dam beat Murata, with the Okinawan destroyer stopping Juan Hernandez Navarrete in 6 rounds to claim the title and keep his 100% stoppage run going. He looked like a very imposing fighter on the world stage and will be looking to secure a win here and move towards a postentil unification bout with either WBA champion Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔] or WBO champion Sho Kimura (15-1-2, 8) [木村翔].
MAsson comes into the bout on the back of a 9 fight winning run, with recent victories over Silvio Olteanu and Oleksandr Hryshchuk being the standout performances on his record. Masson is a talented fighter but will likely lack the fire power to keep Higa at bay, and it's hard to see him lasting long with the marauding champion.
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