Earlier today fans at the Korakuen Hall got the chance to see OPBF Featherweight champion Hisashi Amagasa (27-4-2, 18) successfully retain his title as he over-came the over-matched and very limited Maxsaisai Sithsaithong (14-5, 3).
Amagasa, a clear favourite in every ones eyes, did what he had to do to see off the much shorter Maxsaisai who was finally stopped in round 8 as Amagasa went through the gears.
This was the second defence for Amagasa who, earlier this year, stopped Vinvin Rufino, also in 8 rounds, incidentally this is the third time in 4 fights that Amagasa has seen off his opponent in the 8th round with only former world champion Ryol Li Lee managing to hear the final bell from those 4 contests.
Ranked by all 4 world bodies we're expecting to see Amagasa moved towards a world title fight in the next 12-18 months and if he keeps winning believe that shot will come. Although not a big name fighter he's a tricky foe for anyone with his gangly frame that he uses well. If he can make the most of that against a top tier fighter there is every chance he could upset one of the current champions. Saying that however there is a huge step up from Maxsaisai to world class and Amagasa would certainly need to have a better showing than this one to win a world title. That's not to say that he was bad here but he didn't look close to world class either.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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