Robert Guerrero Tops Showtime Trio of Fights June 21

BY The Sweet Science ON May 14, 2014
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ROBERT “THE GHOST” GUERRERO RETURNS TO THE RING TO FACE YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI IN A 12-ROUND MATCH UP ON SATURDAY, JUNE 21 LIVE ON SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
FROM STUBHUB CENTER IN CARSON, CALIF.

Also, Gary Russell Jr. to face Vasyl Lomachenko for the WBO World Featherweight Title
and Devon Alexander faces off against Jesus Soto Karass

Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow At 10 a.m. PT!

LOS ANGELES (May 14, 2014) – Former four-division World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will make his anticipated return to the ring to face Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai in a 12-round welterweight bout on Saturday, June 21 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

In a co-feature of the three-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast, unbeaten Gary Russell Jr. faces Ukrainian star Vasyl Lomachenko for the vacant WBO World Featherweight Title in a 12-round showdown and in the opener, former world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” returns to meet Jesus Soto Karass in a 10-round super welterweight match up.

“I’m excited to be making my ring return on June 21, especially for my fans in California,” said Guerrero, who last fought against Floyd Mayweather on May 4, 2013. “Although I've been out for a while, make no mistake about it, I’m in great shape. I’m hungry and I’m looking forward to the challenge Kamegai presents. I am just happy to be fighting again while bringing excitement to the hottest division in boxing, the welterweight division. I have no doubt that I will be victorious in my return.”

“It’s good to fight in the United States again at StubHub Center, especially after I was treated so well by the fans there the first time,” said Kamegai. “This time though, I’m going to get the win. While Robert Guerrero is a great fighter, I will be better than him on June 21.”

“This is the moment I’ve been waiting for, and now it is time to show the world my boxing skills and talent,” said Russell. “Lomachenko’s reputation speaks for itself. I respect him as a fighter but he doesn’t know what he is about to face fighting me. He’s going to find out that I’m on a whole different level and come June 21, that belt is going to be mine to take home.”

“I know how good Gary Russell is, and it’s going to be a good fight for the fans on June 21,” said Lomachenko. “I learned a lot from my fight with Orlando Salido, and I will be the best I can against Russell. I want that world title and I plan on taking it.”

“I had a nice break after my last fight and it allowed me to regroup, recharge my batteries, and get ready for another run at the title,” said Alexander. “Soto Karass is a tough guy, there’s no denying that, but tough won’t be enough when we fight. I’m a man on a mission now, and he’s in the way.”

“Devon Alexander is fast and slick, and you have to respect his skills, but if he doesn’t respect mine, he’s going to get knocked out,” said Soto Karass. “And even if he does respect me, I’m going to beat him on June 21 and get back in line for a title fight.”

“The fans in Carson always demand the best fights possible, and we’ve got two more for them on June 21,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “It’s great to have Robert Guerrero back in the ring where he belongs, and his fight with Kamegai is going to be action-packed from start to finish. Also, Russell vs. Lomachenko is a fight fans have been asking for and looking forward to seeing for quite some time. Given what these two young men can do in the ring, it may not be the last time we see them fighting each other. Add in Alexander vs. Soto Karass, and this is another great card that I can’t wait to see.”

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs), of Gilroy, Calif., has been among the elite fighters in boxing for years. A southpaw boxer-puncher, Guerrero has won world titles in four weight classes from 130 to 147 pounds, beating the likes of Andre Berto, Joel Casamayor, Michael Katsidis and Selcuk Aydin. Now stepping back into the ring for the first time since his fight against Mayweather, Guerrero looks to re-establish himself among the elite fighters in the deepest division in boxing. At just 31-years-old, Guerrero potentially has a lengthy career ahead of him. This bout against Kamegai could be the start of another big run for “The Ghost.”

Back in Carson, Calif., for the second time following his hard-fought battle loss to Johan Perez in June 2013, Tokyo’s Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 KOs) has since won two bouts, winning and defending the OPBF welterweight title with knockouts of Tim Hunt and Jung-Hoon Yang. These victories add to Kamegai’s reputation as a respected contender and big puncher at 147 pounds. With a victory over Guerrero, the 31-year-old will be knocking on the door for a world title shot.

One of the most talented boxers to hit the sport in years, Capitol Heights, Maryland’s Gary Russell Jr. (24-0, 14 KOs) has barely been touched in his time as a professional. The 2008 United States Olympian has no intention of letting Lomachenko be the first to hand him a defeat. Owner of 2013 wins over Vyachelav Gusev and Juan Ruiz, the 25-year-old already has a fourth-round knockout win over Miguel Tamayo in 2014, Russell is in for his toughest professional challenge on June 21, and his highly anticipated first world title fight.

With a professional record of just 1-1 (1 KO), you may wonder how Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko is in a world title fight. But this southpaw is no ordinary fighter. He entered the professional game in 2013 with two Olympic Gold medals, the Val Barker Trophy for Outstanding Boxer at the 2008 Games, and a remarkable 396-1 amateur record. After debuting with a fourth-round knockout of Jose Ramirez, his second fight was against Orlando Salido for the vacant WBO featherweight title. And while he lost that fight via split decision on March 1, 2014, his performance in the bout earned him a second shot at a world title on June 21 against Russell.

A gifted southpaw with some of the best technical skills in the sport today, St. Louis’ Devon Alexander “The Great” (25-2, 14 KOs) has won world titles at 140 and 147 pounds, and he is on a quest to regain his welterweight belt after a hard-fought loss against Shawn Porter last December. More focused than ever, the 27-year-old will get a stiff challenge in Mexico’s Soto Karass, but he’s ready to put on a show and pick up the victory.

One of the toughest warriors in boxing today, Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass (28-9-3, 18 KOs) has won four of his last six bouts, defeating the likes of Andre Berto and Selcuk Aydin. A 13-year veteran of the sport, the 31-year-old Soto Karass has fought the best of the best throughout his career, and with a win over Alexander, he will be on his way to another shot at a world welterweight championship.

Guerrero vs. Kamegai is a 12-round fight promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. In the co-main event Gary Russell Jr. faces Ukrainian star Vasyl Lomachenko in a 12-round showdown for the vacant WBO World Featherweight Title and in the opener Devon Alexander will face off against Jesus Soto Karass in a 10-round super welterweight match up. It will take place at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and will air as the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® main event live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).

Tickets priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, will be on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. PT and are available online at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 877-234-8425.

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El Dude says:

Robert "Ghost" Guerrero is a true bawler and a mystical creature of the Boxing ring who always has his mind set on vanishing his rivals. Yoshihiro Kamegai the "Kamikaze" from Sapporo, Japan is the 45th ranked best Boxing Warrior in the world. The Kamikaze Samurai packs lots of power, being that he has won 24 times and has a 80% KO ratio out of his 21 KOs. Yoshihiro has been defeated once and has a draw of a fight but the young 31 year old Yoshihiro Kamegai never gives up and he is in it for the decapitation. This epic battle between a wicked Ghost and a Samurai warrior will be a legendary fight that will be forever remembered in the history pages of Boxing.
I also predict a future bout between the future WBO champion Garry Russell squaring of with Evgeny Gradovich The Mexican Russian after Russell KOs The "Line Cutting" Vasyl Lomachenko by the 9th. Once Evgeny KOs his next foe the "Great" Alexander Miskirtchian on 5-31-14 in Macao, It wont be long before the world recognizes how special this Mexican Russian kid really i$.
Soto Karas is no joke and is the hardest foe to conquer for those who want to climb the Welterweight division. Devon Alexander will be in a fight for his life and will need to rely on his speed if he wants to survive the wrath of Karas. Devon needs a near KO win to please the critics but Alexander is still maturing and this will be his key to adjusting with the enemy. I don't see much but a heavy clinch for Alexander being that Karas will come out with an all out KO assault for the taking. Karas has what it takes to win it by decision but will ended in the 7th.
by El Dude.

The Shadow says:

In it for decapitation? Epic battle? Forever remembered in history?

Lol laying it on a little thick with the hyperbole here, aren't we? You're starting to sound like Don K.!

You said something interesting, why do you think Gary Russell wins by the 9th?

El Dude says:

El Dude is no Don King for I am a Freelance Boxing Commentator that is unique, fresh and original. My Constitution is my Corner, The Freedom of the Press is my Ring and all who compete in this forum are my rivals who will be falling on their knees. I with no pay nor any affiliation to the business game, I write about what I love and what I love to do and Boxing is not in my bucket list for I am already punching the competition of the ropes. EL Dude can Promote, sell, hype, type and fight all night long. Don King, eat your heart out as I am in it to win it because there is no other like El Dude.
by El Dude.

the Roast says:

Who is clamoring for the return of Robert Guerrero? Not me. Loma-Russell is a good fight, clash of two youngsters. Devon Alexander can stay home too. He has had too many chances already.

oubobcat says:

I don't see the Guerrero fight as being competitive. Kamegai is a straight forward brawler with limited skills. He was outclassed by Johan Perez last year and I see Guerrero easily outclassing him this one.

The Lomachenko-Russell fight is the most intriguing fight on this card. It really should be the main event.

The Commish says:

You beat me to that, Shadow. As I was reading El Dude's post, I was saying "Decapitation? Epic battle? Gary Russell stopping V-Lo in the ninth round? Russell stopping him?" It just may be the other way around, El Dude. And what's with calling Guerrero the "Wicked Ghost?" Am I missing something with him?

I recently was looking at some PxP lists. Guerrero was rated at #7. That's right...7! Is the author of those ratings crazy? Either that or he's related to Guerrero or works for him. The last we saw him was a year ago, when $$$May was shutting him out as Guerrerop gave a non-performance after telling everyone how he was going to rough $$$May up and show him things he had never seen inside a boxing ring. Well, that he did. $$$May had never seen anyone so passive before.

For this comeback fight, Al Haymon has hand-picked the "Kamikaze" (as you call him) to deliver Guerrero's first victory in a long time. After the victory, please don't tell us how Guerrero is back and better than ever and that next time he'll knock out $$$May. Hopefully, there won't be a next time.

Now to Gary Russell stopping V-Lo. I realize V-Lo is only 1-1 as a pro, but his vast amateur pedigree put him heads above anyone Russell has fought as a pro. Ninth round, huh? Russell is going to need all the speed he can muster to keep away from V-Lo.

I will admit, you have quite an imagination, El Dude, to come up with all that.

Have you thought of becoming a fiction writer?

-Randy G.

oubobcat says:

You beat me to that, Shadow. As I was reading El Dude's post, I was saying "Decapitation? Epic battle? Gary Russell stopping V-Lo in the ninth round? Russell stopping him?" It just may be the other way around, El Dude. And what's with calling Guerrero the "Wicked Ghost?" Am I missing something with him?

I recently was looking at some PxP lists. Guerrero was rated at #7. That's right...7! Is the author of those ratings crazy? Either that or he's related to Guerrero or works for him. The last we saw him was a year ago, when $$$May was shutting him out as Guerrerop gave a non-performance after telling everyone how he was going to rough $$$May up and show him things he had never seen inside a boxing ring. Well, that he did. $$$May had never seen anyone so passive before.

For this comeback fight, Al Haymon has hand-picked the "Kamikaze" (as you call him) to deliver Guerrero's first victory in a long time. After the victory, please don't tell us how Guerrero is back and better than ever and that next time he'll knock out $$$May. Hopefully, there won't be a next time.

Now to Gary Russell stopping V-Lo. I realize V-Lo is only 1-1 as a pro, but his vast amateur pedigree put him heads above anyone Russell has fought as a pro. Ninth round, huh? Russell is going to need all the speed he can muster to keep away from V-Lo.

I will admit, you have quite an imagination, El Dude, to come up with all that.

Have you thought of becoming a fiction writer?

-Randy G.


Lomachenko not only has the amateur pedigree but I think also has much more experience in his two pro fights than Russell does in any of his 24 pro fights. Lomachenko fought a solid pro is his debut and than a veteran world champion in his his 2nd pro fight. The guys Russell has fought are not even close to being anywhere in the class of the two opponents Lomachenko has fought in his career.

I am intrigued by this bout but still not convinced it happens. I don't think Russell wants the fight. I think he and his management team are trying to cherry pick their way to a belt (fight an overmatched but highly ranked opponent for a belt much like Adrien Broner did for his first "title"). Lomachenko is way too dangerous for them.

Golden Boy is probably paying far more for this bout than any other bout on this card. And this is the fight boxing fans are buzzing about (sorry Guerrero and Alexander). Yet its a co-feature. Why? Well if Russell pulls out, the card won't lose its "main event" and can go on without a hitch.

By the way, I think Schaefer wants Russell is step up and take this fight. He seems to be growing impatient with him. But I don't think he is convinced he will actually go through with it. We will see.

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