Although some what unknown on the international stage Hisashi Amagasa (26-4-2, 17) is a man who is starting to make his mark on the world stage. He's not only a former Japanese Featherweight champion but is the current OPBF champion at 126lbs and has managed to earn himself top 15 rankings with all 4 major title bodies. Western fans might not recognise his face or his name but he's a fighter who really beginning to prove himself and come in to his own as a potential world title challenger.
Part of why Amagasa is so highly ranked is his OPBF title, the belt tends to act as a huge booster towards a world ranking with the WBC, another part of why he is ranked is the fact he has scored 11 successive wins one though the biggest reason is that some of those wins have come against recognisable fighters including a decision over former WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Ryol Li Lee. The most significantly reason however is not that he has just won his last 11 fights but the fact that those wins were against mostly credible opponents, not just Lee, and good wins do help improve a fighters rankings.
Amagasa will be hoping to extend his winning run to 12 fights this week when he returns to defend his OPBF title for the second time. Unfortunately however this defence comes against a much more limited foe than a number of his recent fights. That's because Amagasa will be fighting the very limited Thai Maxsaisai Sithsaithong (14-4, 3) who really is a very questionable OPBF title challenger.
Aged 35 Maxsaisai is getting the biggest fight of his career and it could well be his last.
At the early stages of his career Maxsaisai looked very promising. He won his first 11 fights in under 3 years before being forced out of the ring in 2007. It took over 5 years before the fighter returned to the ring and unfortunately his return has been less than memorable with 3 wins and 4 losses including a decision loss to journeyman Jack Asis, a loss to Juan Martin Elorde and stoppages to Joel Brunker and Jun Doliguez. Those results, which make up 4 of the last 6 bouts for Maxsaisai suggest that he's not fit for an OPBF title fight.
From what we've seen of the Thai there is nothing that he has that should worry Amagasa, in fact he has nothing that should worry any OPBF ranked fighter at 126lbs. He's not a puncher, he's not ultra skilled, he's not fast, he's not going to break you down. In all honesty he's just very poor.
Amagasa, whilst not comparable to the likes of Shinsuke Yamanaka or Takashi Uchiyama is a very talented fighter. He combines skills, power and awkward size to make himself a very hard to beat fighter and despite having 4 losses on his record he's developed into a very good fighter and one we'd suggest could hold his own with some of the current world champions.
With all the tools at Amagasa's disposable we're expecting to see him stop Maxsaisai as he continues his march towards a world title fight. With the reach and height of the Japanese fighter we'd not be shocked at seeing him lining up powerful straight that eventually wear down the over-matched challenger who will be lucky to see out more than 6 rounds.
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