Hisashi Amagasa takes part in public practice, restates intention to challenge for the IBF Featherweight title
Just 12 months ago Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-2, 19) was a complete unknown outside of Asia. He had won the Japanese and OPBF Featherweight titles, and gone 1-1 with former world champion Ryol Li Lee, but wasn't even on the radar of western boxing fans.
Late last year however Amagasa came to the fore of the wider boxing world after a bout was agreed for him to face Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux. Going in to the bout Amagasa was given no chance, he himself had said that he had a "1%" chance of winning, and Rigondeaux entered the bout a huge favourite, priced at 1/100.
Given an opportunity on the big stage Amagasa showed great courage and twice dropped Rigondeaux before being stopped with a grotesquely swollen face. Since then he has been given time to rest and recover whilst also working in the gym on improving his ability and toughness.
On June 10th the elongated Japanese fighter will return to the ring and battle against Thailand's Patomsith Pathompothong (12-3, 5). It's his first bout since the Rigondeaux contest and it's our first chance to see if their was any lasting injury from that bout.
Earlier today, as part of the build up to the bout with Patomsith bout, Amagasa took part in a public training session hitting the pads and the heavy bag. The most notable part of the session however was the comments made to the made.
Those comments included the fact that Amagasa was going to be looking at getting an IBF Featherweight world title fight with the winner of this weekend's upcoming world title bout between Evgeny Gradovich and Lee Selby. The Japanese fighter had, at the start of the year, said he was targeting the IBF title and today he reaffirmed that whilst also stating that he wanted to continue to improve and go forward with his career having had such a good bout with Rigondeaux.
Whilst Amagasa will, of course, need to get past Patomsith this coming weekend to get a potential shot at a world title. That however is widely viewed as a given unless the loss to Rigondeaux has left Amagasa as a ruined fighter.
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Footage of the Rigondeaux fight is below for those who missed it, or have forgotten about Amagasa's brave efforts.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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