Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw former world title challenger Hisashi Amagasa (31-6-2, 20) [天笠 尚] claim his first win of the year, as he over-came Filipino Carlo Demecillo (6-3, 1) with a clear but hard fought decision win, that saw both men ending up with markings around the face.
From the off Amagasa tried to establish control of the bout, using his reach and significant size advantages. Whilst that lead to success from the Japanese fighter he never seemed able to pretend Demecillo from trying to force the action, with the Filipino trying to pressure the taller man. Sadly the awkwardness of Amagasa and the pressure of Demecillo caused frequent clashes, with a notable one in round 2 leaving Amagasa cut over the left eye.
Having lost the first 3 rounds Demecillo looked to turn the fight around and began to have some success in the middle rounds, before Amagasa resumed control of the bout and began to to settle down, before hunting a late stoppage. The stoppage never came but by the end of round 10 there was no doubting the winner with Amagasa having controlled much of the action and clearly won many of the rounds.
With scores of 97-94, 98-92 and 99-93 there was little question of the winner, but Amagasa did seem disappointed with himself for not scoring a KO, and it seems unlikely that he'll be getting another world title bout, unlike he can put in a much better performance in the near future.
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