At the event Higa stated that he was looking to score a 14th straight stoppage, and whilst he knows he'll be the short man he has no worries about getting inside and landing his body shots and uppercutts.
As for Masson it was again a case of stating he'd be boxing to his strengths, and that he would be using his size to keepHiga at range and look to take a decision. He seems to be aware of Higa's power but showed a lot of self belief with the the Frenchman not showing any real fear of Higa's much vaunted power.
Although Masson wasn't scared there was some worry mentioned from Higa's mentor Yoko Gushiken, who jokingly mentioned that if Higa stops Masson too early it would be bad for the TV ratings. There is some truth in the comments, given the way Japanese TV rating work with advertising and numbers playing a key part in the sport, but if Higa can take out Masson early it would help increase future viewing figures with Higa potentially building a Mike Tyson like reputation for destroying fighters, and being a must watch attraction.
Higa looks for first defense against Frenchman Masson
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