Late last year we saw Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19) challenge Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10) in a bout for the WBO and WBA "Super" Super Bantamweight titles. Going into the bout Amagasa was a "who?" but he ended the bout being a fighter that most fans gave serious credit to following a genuinely courageous and battling effort against the Cuban. The Japanese fighter did come up short but gave Rigondeaux a scare with 2 knockdowns in round 7 before he retired on his stool at the end of the 11th round. By the time of the retirement Amagasa looked like a swollen mess and people were fearing for his career and long term health.
Today, just over 2 weeks after that bout, Amagasa is unrecognisable from the swollen mess that finished the Rigondeaux bout. Not only has he healed quickly but he has also stated that he will continue boxing and is hoping to get a Featherweight world title bout in the future, allowing him to fight back at his normal weight. From what we under-stand that bout could be with IBF champion Evgeny Gradovich, if Gradovich is successful in his mandatory against Lee Selby.
Not only did Amagasa say he was going to continue but he also sounded very upbeat about both the loss to Rigondeaux and the future. He was quoted as saying that Rigondeaux punched like a "hammer" and that he knew he hadn't broken any bones because he never heard any breaking, whilst laughing. Whilst he admitted the loss was a setback he also knew that it wasn't a bad loss and in fact it was a loss that he was comfortable with given that most fans expected him to last a round or two as most, rather than give Rigondeaux a test. He also expressed respect for Rigondeaux as both a boxer and a genlteman due to the way Rigondeaux fought a clean fight.
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