Earlier today saw an interesting announcement made in the UK regarding former world title challenger Hisashi Amagasa (30-5-2, 20) [天笠 尚], who we now know will return to the ring on April 16th in the UK as he travels to Leeds to face the hugely popular Josh Warrington (22-0, 4) in a bout for the WBC International Featherweight title.
The teak tough Amagasa is a former Japanese and OPBF Featherweight champion who has scored notable wins over the likes of Toru Suzuku, Takuya Watnabe, Ryol Li Lee, Vinvin Rufino and Ryo Takenaka. Despite those wins he is actually much better known for a loss, which came at the end of 2014 against Guillermo Rigondeaux, with Amagasa dropping to Super Bantamweight for that bout and twice dropping the Cuban before being stopped with some grotesque swelling around his face.
Since that loss Amagasa has bounced back with a pair of wins, outpointing Patomsith Pathompothong and stopping Nathan Bolcio, and has indicated that he'd love a fight with Welshman Lee Selby, the current IBF Featherweight champion. A win over Warrington would see him take a huge step towards that bout and let him get used to British conditions.
As for Warrington the unbeaten Yorkshireman has become one of the UK's biggest draws, despite a lack of fight ending power. During his career he has claimed the English, British, Commonwealth and WBC International titles at 126lbs whilst scoring notable wins over the likes of Rendall Munroe, Martin Lindsay, Dennis Tubieron and Joel Brunker. In the ring he is an all action fighter who sets a really high work rate but has been taken the distance in 18 of 22 fights.
Last time out Warrington beat Brunker in a 12 round shut out, and despite dominating that bout he did catch some criticism from his inability to find a killer blow against the rugged Australian.
The bout is set to be aired on Sky and looks likely to be a really interesting bout with both men knowing a lot is on the line. Both are hoping to get world title fights and a loss here would end those dreams, at least for now, whilst a win would see either man move substantially closer to getting a shot later in the year.
For fans tuning in to the card the bout also features a brilliant looking IBF Bantamweight eliminator between Rodrigo Guerrero (24-5-1, 16) and Stuart Hall (19-4-2, 7). From a neutral point of view that looks like a potential fight of the year between two action warriors. Both can be out boxed but given their styles we can't see either man trying to out box the other.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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