Yesterday in a Super Bantamweight world title bout we saw a brave effort by the unheralded Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19) who came up painfully short against Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10). Although Amagasa did record some success, and officially scored 2 knockdowns in round 7, he was left a disfigured mess when he was retired at the end of round 11.
The pictures of Amagasa's face, which have been seen around the world since the fight, suggested some worrying damage to Amagasa's long term health however it seems the fighter isn't as badly damaged as some suspected.
Following the fight the Japanese fighter was taken straight to the Osaka city hospital for a check and, according to the report published by one Japanese newspaper, Amagasa has suffered no broken bones nor he has he suffered any sort of damage to his brain. The worst damage has been serious contusions on some bones in face and some other facial contusions.
Whilst the damage isn't nice to suffer it's certainly not as bad as some had suspected and there was worries from some that that would have been the end of his career. Thankfully it seems unlikely to spell the end for the brave fighter who was quoted as saying he felt "fine" earlier today.
For those who haven't seen the fight:
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