Last December we say Japan's Hisashi Amagasa (29-5-2, 19) go from a complete unknown outside of Japan to an international star as he twice dropped Guillermo Rigondeaux, before being stopped with severe and sickening looking facial swelling.
Understandably, given the damage he incurred in the Rigondeaux bout, Amagasa was given time to recover before stepping in to the ring again.
His return to action came earlier today as he resurfaced at his natural Featherweight class and took on Thai visitor Patomsith Pathompothong (12-4, 5).
Unlike the Rigondeaux bout, which was broadcast as live on TBS, this was a low key affair with the idea being to get Amagasa some ring time and seeing how he was following the loss to the Cuban wizard. As it turned out, Amagasa was fine as he dominated the over-matched visitor from start to end.
The Thai, who was genuinely tough, showed his gameness but was never in with a fighting chance and it showed on the cards which read 99-91, 98-91 and 98-92, all in favour of Amagasa.
Although this was an easy come back and a routine win for the rangy Japanese fighter he did apologise for what he described as a "boring fight". It seems clear however that bigger things are to come and he firmly has his eyes on an IBF Featherweight title fight later in the year against new champion Lee Selby from Wales.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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