Earlier today fight fans in Beijing saw former Chinese amateur standout Lu Bin (1-0, 1) [吕斌] begin his career, and easily deal with Thai foe Chatchai Or Benjamas (8-10, 6) to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight Title.
From the opening bell Bin intelligently pressured the Thai and looked to be showing his ring craft almost from the opening bell. By the end of the first round Bin had began to look less like an amateur standout and more like a seasoned professional, dealing with a limit, but game foe. In fact in the first 3 minutes Bin had shown amazing understanding of distance, defenses, movement, and combinations. He switched effortlessly from head to body and looked like one of those rare natural talents.
In round 2 a settled Bin started to hunt a stoppage, and went out hunting his man. After just a few seconds the Thai was in survival mode and still struggled to create any space to catch his breathe, as Bin scored the first knockdown of his career.
In round 3 a determined Bin went out to make a statement and the Thai wasclearly uncomfortable as Bin pressed the action, showed his fantastic movement and then close the show with a series of body shots ending the Thai's hopes.
Whilst it's unclear when Bin will next fight the obvious hope is that he will be fast tracked, and given his APB experience there is no point in holding him back. Chinese has a star in the making here, and a fighter who is what Zou Shiming was supposed to be, but they need to keep the leash off him, and let him show that talent en route to a world title. There is no point in holding Bin back and instead the aim should be to win a world title as quickly as possible. Chinese boxing has someone with super star potential, now lets hope they manage him like a superstar.
In late 2014 Japanese fighter Hisashi Amagasa (33-7-2, 21) [天笠 尚] was given the unenviable task of facing on eof boxing's most avoided men, a man that had the ability to stink out fights and was a man more associated with ruining fights than bringing fighters into the public conciousness. That bout in question saw Amagasa taking on frustrating Cuban star Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Going in to the bout, on December 31st 2014, Amagasa was given absolute no chance. By anyone. Though managed to twice drop the Cuban before being stopped with grotesque facial injuries than left hm resembling something out of a horror movie. It was a loss that had seen the little known Amagasa go from "who?" to "wow, tough, guy with balls the size of melons!"
Since that loss to Rigondeaux Amagasa has gone 5-2, with his latest loss coming to Filipino warrior Richard Pumipic on Friday at the Korakuen Hall. Sadly in the wake of that loss Amagasa, who looked bruised following the defeat, announced his retirement from boxing.
The FLARE Yamagami gym fighter spoke after his loss and explained that after 13 years as a professional boxer he was walking away from the sport, becoming the latest in an ever growing line of Japanese fighters to retire.
Although best known for losing to Rigondeaux at the end of 2014 Amagasa's career had seen him claim the Japanese and OPBF Featherweight titles, with today's loss coming in a WBO Asia Pacific title fight, and seemingly proving that his dreams of becoming a world champion were a bit too far out of reach.
We'd love to say thank you to Amagasa and wish him all the best in his career going forward. Although not well known in the west, his name will live on due to the loss to Rigondeaux, whilst hardcore fans in Japan will have memories of his bouts with Ryol Li Lee, his great KO over Koji Nagata and his rise to an unexpected world title fight.
Thank you Hisashi, enjoy your post boxing career!
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Pumicpic upsets Amagasa!
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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On October 22nd we'll see the anticipated rematched between Ryota Murata (12-1, 9) [村田 諒太] and WBA Middleweight champion Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (36-2, 21), who will face each other in an "immediate" rematch following May's controversial win for N'Dam.
It's long been known that the bout would be featured on Japan channel Fuji Tv, but it's now been revealed that it's not only Japanese, and potentially French, audiences who will get the bout live, but also the American audience.
That's because ESPN in the US will be airing the bout live, as part of their deal with American promoter Bob Arum, who is the co-promoter of Murata.
Sadly, at the time of writing, it's unclear if the US broadcast will only feature the main event, though we do have our fingers tightly crossed that Arum has secured enough time on the broadcast to air the WBC Flyweight title bout between the the brilliant champion Daigo Higa (13-0, 13) [比嘉 大吾] and French challenger Thomas Masson (17-3-1, 5).
Given the ontroversy of the first bout we're hoping their is plenty of Stateside interest in the contest, though given it will be aired from about 7am local time, we, and ESPN, aren't expecting a huge amount of viewers for the show, with the hoping being the winner will return to the States in 2018.
Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see a potentially thrilling contest between former world title challenger Hisashi Amagasa (33-6-2, 21) [天笠 尚] and the always fun to watch Filipino Richard Pumicpic (19-8-2, 6), who will be trading blows for the WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both fighters managed to make the 126lb limit, though did like fighters who belonged in very different divisions.
On the scales Amagasa, who is best known for his world title bout against Guillermo Rigondeaux, made the 126lb limit dead on, whilst towering over his Filipino foe. Looking at the two men it looked as if the Japanese fighter was 3, if not 4 divisions bigger than the visitor.
Notably Pumicpic, who is fighting in Japan for the 4th time but still seeking his first win in the country, came in comfortably under the limit, at around 125.5lb. Although he is without a win in Japan he has pushed close in all 3 of his previous visits, fighting to a draw with Yohei Tobe, giving hell to current world champion Ryosuke Iwasa and Hikaru Matsuoka a very tough bout.
For fans interested in watching this contest it will be featured on A-sign boxing as part of their next Asign Bee show.
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