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Rigondeaux promises fireworks against Amagasa

Guillermo Rigondeaux

Unified junior featherweight champ Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) will be defending his WBO title on Dec. 31 against Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19 KOs) in Osaka, Japan, and the unbeaten Cuban says he promises to deliver fireworks.

“This is my second time fighting in Asia this year,” Rigondeaux said. “I am very frustrated that the other world belt holders are running scared and won’t fight me. It’s disgraceful that we couldn’t find a world-class, 122-pound fighter to fight me, so, I would like to thank Amagasa for dropping down from featherweight to challenge me. I will put on an explosive fireworks display on New Year’s Eve in Japan.”

Rigondeaux’s previous fight in Asia saw him knock out Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1) in Macao, China in his only other fight this year.

“We have already been offered a fight against another Japanese challenger in Japan this coming May,” Rigondeaux’s manager Gary Hyde added. “Rigondeaux is in tremendous condition, as always, and we are very confident going into this fight on New Year’s Eve that ‘Rigo’ will put on a another stellar performance.”

The Rigondeaux-Amagasa fight will not be aired on U.S. TV, but Hyde said that if Leo Santa Cruz, who is in need of an opponent for his July 17 fight in Las Vegas, wants to challenge Rigondeaux, they will gladly return to the U.S. to accept it.

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