On New Year's Eve boxing fans around the world learned about Japan's Hisashi Amagasa (30-5-2, 20) who famously made a name for himself by twice dropping Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux, before being stopped late in the bout.
On Wednesday we saw the lanky Japanese slugger fight for the second time since that loss to "El Chacal" and once again Amagasa created headlines as he moved another step closer to a second world title shot.
Amagasa was up against Filipino fighter Nathan Bolcio (12-10-2, 4) in what was, on paper, a stay busy fight for the former OPBF Featherweight champion. As it turned out, it was a good work out for Amagasa, who had to work for his win against the brave, but massively out matched and out-sized, Bolcio.
The Filipino came to win but was unable to match Amagasa who often seemed happy to take a shot in shot in return to land one of his own, meatier, shots. It was those shots that the toll and in round 7 Bolcio was eventually broken down with a spiteful assault from Amagasa.
Whilst Amagasa's next move isn't clear we do know that he wants a Featherweight world title fight and has, in the past, mentioned the IBF title which is currently held by Lee Selby. A Selby vs Amagasa bout may seem unexpected but it certainly would be an interesting match up and one that could, potentially, be made very easy for some point during 2016.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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