After days of waiting we are proud to bring you the official news that Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19) will be challenging Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9) on New Years Eve at the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka.
Amagasa, the OPBF Featherweight champion, will be dropping 4lbs to compete at Super Bantamweight and will be attempting to dethrone the Cuban who currently holds the WBA "super" and WBO titles at 122lbs. It will be Amagasa's first bout at the weight in his career however it seems his team are confident that he can make it.
For Amagasa the biggest isn't how he will make weight but how he will cope with the sensational ability of Rigondeaux. The unbeaten Cuban isn't just a unified champion in the professional ranks but was one of the greatest amateurs in history winning 2 Olympic medals before defecting from Cuba. As a professional he has been an avoided man who has had very few men even utter his name since he defeated Nonito Donaire back in April 2013.
Although Amagasa is moving down in weight and stepping up in class he does have some advantages over the slick Cuban. Firstly he is significantly taller and rangier than Rigondeaux, who is naturally a small guy at Super Bantamweight. He will also have home advantage with the Cuban travelling to Japan for his first bout in the country, and he will also have activity in his favour with Rigondeaux having only fougth 3 bouts for 25 rounds in the last 2 years whilst Amagasa will have fought 6 times in the 24 months prior to the bout, for a combined 58 rounds.
Although the contest was "the worst kept secret in boxing" we had been awaiting the official announcement for several weeks. Thankfully it has come, in fact it came just moments ago, confirming the story we had been reporting for weeks.
For now we're still awaiting to hear about who Tomomi Takano (6-1, 5) will be fighting though she too was at the press conference alongside Amagasa and Kyoei chairman Keiichiro Kanehira.
For those who will be wanting to watch the fight it will be screened on TBS in Japan.
(Image courtesy of Keiichiro Kanehira via twitter)
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