...the fight is a done deal with Rigondeaux's promoters Gary Hyde confirming what Keiichiro Kanehira, the head of Kyoei promotions, had already mentioned. Hyde also echoed that the bout would be in Osaka, not Tokyo as some other sites had incorrectly reported.
For those who haven't been following the story, it's been a bit of a frustrating yet interesting tale that has been relatively slow to progress though now appears the reaching it's conclusion.
On November 17th Rigondeaux's co-promoters Promotion Caribe announced the fight between the Cuban sensation (14-0, 9) and Japanese fighter Amagasa (28-4-2, 19). At the time it was hinted at that Amagasa was moving up to Featherweight, where Amagasa usually competes, to test the water at a new weight.
The following day Tomomi Takano (6-1, 5) announced she would be featuring in an 8 round bout on New Year's Eve in Osaka. For those who aren't aware Takano and Amagasa are very close friends and it seemed like there was another hint towards the fact that Amagasa was going to be in action on December 31stin Osaka.
The very next day, November 19th,we saw an official announcement from Ioka boxing regarding their New Year's Eve show. It was assumed that the announcement would also have included a mention of the Amagasa/Rigndeaux fight though instead was just a simple announcement regarding Kazuto Ioka and his opponent. It was a disappointing announcement and began a few days of silence regarding the much spoken about contest.
Thankfullythe silence was broken on November 24th when Mr Kanehira stated that the bout was on and that Amagasa was in training for Rigondeaux. At the time we senses an official announcement to the press was imminent however nothing was forthcoming with fans told to wait. Of course Mr Hyde's comment on November 26th, see above, doesn't actually count as a "formal" announcement, nor does it explain which channels, if any, will be carrying the fight though it is, as good as we can get right now to the bout being confirmed.
An official announcement can only be days away. Hopefully when that happens we will get TV confirmation, though all suspicions hint at TBS carrying the fight, a great thing for all fans with the station being a free to air one in Japan and one that international fans can stream relatively easily.
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