Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall got a notable upset, as former world title challenger Hisashi Amagasa (33-7-2, 21) [天笠 尚] suffered a unanimous decision loss to Filipino visitor Richard Pumicpic (20-8-2, 6), who claimed the biggest win of his career and the WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title.
The exciting Filipino looked to force the pace from the opening stages, and pressed the taller and rangier Amagasa from the off, forcing the Japanese fighter in to a whole from very early on.
To hs credit Amagasa fought back, and certainly had his moments, particularly in rounds 4, 5, 8 and 9, but it always seemed like the relentless pressure of Pumicpic wastoo much for the local favourite. Every time Amagasa had some notable success the Filipino roared back, forced the action to be fought up close, neutralised the size of Amagasa, and got the upper hand.
At the endit seemed like the right decision was always goingto be in favour of the visitor, and thankfully all 3 judges got it right, scoring it in favour of the visitor by scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-112.
The win for Pumicpic will put him into the mix for world title clory and gives his career a huge shot in the arm after some recent set backs, and hopefully this win will be rewarded by another big fight down the line.
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