Going in to the bout, on December 31st 2014, Amagasa was given absolute no chance. By anyone. Though managed to twice drop the Cuban before being stopped with grotesque facial injuries than left hm resembling something out of a horror movie. It was a loss that had seen the little known Amagasa go from "who?" to "wow, tough, guy with balls the size of melons!"
Since that loss to Rigondeaux Amagasa has gone 5-2, with his latest loss coming to Filipino warrior Richard Pumipic on Friday at the Korakuen Hall. Sadly in the wake of that loss Amagasa, who looked bruised following the defeat, announced his retirement from boxing.
The FLARE Yamagami gym fighter spoke after his loss and explained that after 13 years as a professional boxer he was walking away from the sport, becoming the latest in an ever growing line of Japanese fighters to retire.
Although best known for losing to Rigondeaux at the end of 2014 Amagasa's career had seen him claim the Japanese and OPBF Featherweight titles, with today's loss coming in a WBO Asia Pacific title fight, and seemingly proving that his dreams of becoming a world champion were a bit too far out of reach.
We'd love to say thank you to Amagasa and wish him all the best in his career going forward. Although not well known in the west, his name will live on due to the loss to Rigondeaux, whilst hardcore fans in Japan will have memories of his bouts with Ryol Li Lee, his great KO over Koji Nagata and his rise to an unexpected world title fight.
Thank you Hisashi, enjoy your post boxing career!
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