At the weigh in today both men made weight, wit Takashi coming in just under the limit, and Pabustan making the weight with quite a bit of room to spare.
After making weight both fighters spoke to the press, and it was there that the tall Takahashi admitted that he hadn't had much experience with southpaws but that he was determined to win and claim his first title. The all action tough guy isn't well known outside of Japan, though did feature in a televised war against Kentaro Masuda for the Japanese title, and has certainly been fighting hard for a second title fight since then.
The shorter Pabustan, who was very comfortably under the limit, seemed confident, saying that he was going to win because he wanted to be famous in the Philippines. Although it's never quite that easy in boxing he did look like a man with a point to prove, and does have experience fighting at world level against Pungluang Sor Singyu, the then WBO world champion.
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