On Monday there was a press conference held that featured double world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9), who will be defending his WBO world title on New Year's Eve against Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19). Whilst we know press conference can be dull there was some interesting revelations that came from this one suggesting that if Rigondeaux wins he will be eyeing up a return to Japan in the future, in fact he is said to have stated he is wanting 2 more fights in Japan.
We suspect one of those fights will come against Shingo Wake (17-4-2, 10), a man who was originally offered the bout though was said to have turned the bout down when he realised it would have been on TBS rather than Fuji TV. Wake, the OPBF Super Bantamweight champion, would make for a very interesting opponent for Rigondeaux and the bout would, we suspect, come in the Spring or summer on a card that would also involve either Naoya Inoue or Akira Yaegashi, or possibly even both. Although Koguchi Gym were affiliated with Kyoei earlier this year we have a feeling that Koguchi would be very happy to side themselves alongside Ohashi gym to get a mid-year summer show.
The other fight is a bit more of a mystery. The names that immediately spring to mind are Japanese champion Yukinori Oguni (14-1, 4) and former Japanese champion Hidenori Otake (22-2-3, 9) though we need to admit neither of those fights really whet the appetite. An alternative could be that a Bantamweight could move up for the fight, for example Ryo Akaho (25-1-2, 17).
For now we'll just feel happy that Rigondeaux could be gracing Japan several times over the next year.
Incidentally Rigondeaux was also quoted as telling the press he felt he was only 60% and that his training camp, which was 6 weeks, was slightly rushed. Though he did seem confident and wanted to thank Amagasa for accepting a fight with him. In regards to the height differential the Cuban seemed confident it was an advantage for him
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