This coming Sunday we'll see WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (13-0, 13) [比嘉 大吾] make his first defense of the title, as he takes on French challenger Thomas Masson (17-3-1, 5). Today, ahead of that bout, Masson took part in a press event and public work out.
At the event, which was a rather laid back affair and featured Yoko Gushiken playfully handing a baguette to Masson, we saw the challenger talk very positively about his chances. The Frenchman, fighting outside of Europe for the first time, looked somewhat nervous though had obviously scouted Higa and seems to be fully aware of Higa's power and work rate, as well as the champion's current stoppage run. He quietly spoke about Higa and them seemed to suggest that he was going to be able to survive against the Okinawan destroyer, whilst boxing to his own strengths.
Sadly the actual work out from the challenger was lacking, to say the least.
Rather than give a fully fledged work out, as fellow visitor Pedro Guevara (30-2-1, 17) did, Masson did a few minutes of rope work before a single round of shadow boxing, in what was a light training session to say the least.
There is talk in Japan of Masson struggling to make the 112lb weight limit, and given his large frame for the division it does seem like their cour be some truth to that, though hemanaged to make the weight in the past, and Higa's team don't seem to be expecting Masson to miss weight, as Higa's last opponent did. Instead it seems like Masson will make weight, but struggle on his way down there.
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