OSAKA, Japan — Guillermo Rigondeaux closed out 2014 with hard-earned 11th round stoppage over Hisashi Amagasa earlier today at the Bodymaker Colosseum.
Rigondeaux promised a fight filled with “explosive fireworks” and did his best to deliver by taking the lead and stalking his bigger opponent. Amagasa, a natural featherweight who moved down for this bout, enjoyed a 6 1/2 inch height advantage that forced Rigondeaux to take offensive risks to get inside. For the most part, Amagasa was too slow to time him. By the fifth, Rigondeaux was getting full leverage on his overhand lefts and eyeing a stoppage.
Amagasa got on board by catching Rigondeaux off-balance with a short right for a seventh-round flash knockdown. Rigondeau tried to hold, but his larger foe was able to break free and crash home more clubbing rights that stunned the champion and resulted in a second knockdown that questionable due to a push.
Amagasa became the aggressor in the eighth, but that left him vulnerable to Rigondeaux’s counter-punching. The Cuban technician took control by landing hard straight lefts and dropping Amagasa in the 10th.Through bad swelling on his jaw and right eye, Amagasa made a last stand in the 11th but couldn’t answer the bell for the final round.
The win was Rigondeaux’s third defense on the unified WBA and WBO super bantamweight titles.