We've known for a while that that OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Shingo Wake (18-4-2, 11) would be facing off against experienced Thai Mike Tawatchai (35-7-1, 21) in an IBF Super Bantamweight eliminator on June 10th. Today it's been revealed that that show, at the Korakuen Hall, will feature another notable bout as it will also feature the ring return of the lanky Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19), sadly however details on the bout are scarce at the moment.
It's been known since January that Amagasa is hoping to get up a Featherweight title fight later in the year and seems to have his eyes firmly set on an IBF title shot. That means that his upcoming bout may end up being an eliminator against a fellow ranked contender, or it could just be an easier bout to allow Amagasa to resume his career before chasing world titles once again.
With attention set on the IBF title Amagasa will be particularly interested in the May 30th bout between Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9) and Lee Selby (20-1, 8). The chances are that the winner of that bout will be Amagasa's target for later in the year.
Last time we saw Amagasa in action was last December when he took on Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux in a Super Bantamweight world title bout. Going in to the bout Amagasa was a total unknown outside of Japan, despite having held the OPBF Featherweight title, at the end of that bout however he was infamous for dropping Rigondeaux, twice, and for having a grotesquely swollen face. Although unheard of prior to that fight he did manage to create a sizable interest courtesy of his incredible toughness and heart, and although he came up short against the Cuban he did force Rigondeaux to have one of his more exciting and more memorable bouts. It was the performance of a lifetime from the 100-1 under-dog and it was the sort of performance that left fans wanting to see more of him. Sadly however it's going to have taken more than 6 months to see him back in the ring.
Incidentally it was originally Wake who was penciled in to fight Rigondeaux before Amagasa eventually got that shot.
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