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Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Hisashi Amagasa Full Fight!!!

By. BrotherJR

January 3, 2015

There’s been a lot of talk about unified WBA/WBO Jr. Featherweight champion Gulliermo Rigondeaux’s recent title defense against Hisashi Amagasa which took place in Osaka, Japan on Dec. 31. And being the generous fellow and avid Boxing Geek that I am, I found a video of Rigondeaux’s recent fight against Amagasa for you to watch and enjoy for yourself. For those not in the know, Rigondeaux traveled to Japan to face Amagasa on enemy territory in large part because he’s had difficulty landing the significant bouts that he really wants and truth be told, the American networks that air boxing are not that interested in him even though Rigondeaux is universally recognized as one of the top 5 boxers in the sport. Given Japan’s reputation and the money that comes with fighting in Japan, Rigondeaux jumped at the opportunity.

Through the first six rounds Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) was basically in control. In spite of being outboxed early the unusually tall Jr. Featherweight Amagasa (5’10 1/2), who was moving down from Featherweight, applied steady pressure. At the end of round seven the tide of the fight dramatically changed as Amagasa struck, knocking Rigondeaux down twice courtesy of right hands. The usually reserved Japanese crowd was wild with excitement (and let’s face it shock) as Amagasa was a giant underdog heading into the contest (it’s funny listening to the amazement of Japanese broadcasters when Rigondeaux was knocked down). Rigondeaux regained control in the round eight and began to slowly breaking down the Japanese challenger before dropping him in the tenth by way of a straight left, with fight eventually ending at the end of the 11th round due to horrible facial swelling suffered by Amagasa as his corner refused to let him come out for the final round.

This was one of the more entertaining bouts of Rigondeaux’s career. What’s interesting in the aftermath is, what’s next for the champ? Because of Rigo’s dominance and perceived boring style, he was unable to land the big fights that would garner big paydays. The irony is that because he was knocked down and given the excitement of the fight as well as fact that he looked vulnerable during the seventh round, Rigondeaux may get the big bouts he craves against the likes of WBC Super Bantamweight champ Leo Santa Cruz, IBF Jr. Featherweight champion Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg. Though the early rumor is that an offer is already on the table for Rigondeaux’s next fight to happen once again in Japan, let’s hope this fight with Amagasa leads to the fights that Rigo really wants.

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January 3, 2015 - Posted by | Blog, Boxing, Video |

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