Hisashi Amagasa takes part in a public practice ahead of Rigondeaux bout, gives himself a 3% chance of winning
We are exactly 2 weeks away from December 31st but already the men in action on that day are taking part in their public practice sessions. Yesterday it was Go Odaira (11-3-3, 1), who fights in a Minimumweight title bout on December 31st against Katsunari Takayama (27-7-0-1, 10), and today it was the turn of Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19), who battles Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9).
Amagasa did his work out at the Kyoei Gym and spent time hitting the mitts with trainer Yoji Uchida and sparring with with the promising Kazuma Sanpei (11-1, 4), himself a southpaw like Rigondeaux.
As well as the training the fighter also made some comments to the media. One of those concerned his percieved chance of winning. When the fight was originally announced Amagasa seemed to know his chances were slim, to say the least, and indicated he had a 1% chance of winning. Today that number had changed and seemed to indicate that he really had a 3% chance of winning. The phrase "slim to none" however seems to be running through the minds of most fans around the world.
As well admitting his chances of winning were still low he also admitted his skills didn't match up with those of Rigondeaux and that instead he would have to force a fight and not try and box with his Cuban foe.
Although there was worries about Amagasa's weight, considering he's made his name in Japan fighting at Featherweight, he appears to be on target for the 122lb Super Bantamweight limit. From what we understand he has made slight alterations to the way he makes weight and is finding things easier than many had suspected. Hopefully that will mean he makes the weight without any problems, afterall we don't want a repeat of the weight issues that effected Ryo Miyazaki at the end of last year and saw him collapsing at the weigh in.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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