Tomorrow It's Fight-Night At Stub Hub

BY The Sweet Science ON June 20, 2014
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IT'S ALMOST SHOWTIME FOR SATURDAY'S STUBHUB FIGHTERS

Returning Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero Faces Yoshihiro Kamegai,

Undefeated Gary Russell Jr. Meets Vasyl Lomachenko for WBO Title,

Devon Alexander Battles Jesus Soto Karass Live on SHOWTIME®

Former Light Heavyweight Kingpin, "Bad" Chad Dawson, Promising Unbeaten Heavyweight Dominic Breazeale in Co-Features on SHOWTIME EXTREME®

FIRST LIVE PRELIMINARY FIGHT IS 2 P.M. PT; TICKETS STILL ON SALE!

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LOS ANGELES (June 19, 2014) - Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotionshosted the final press conference at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles Thursdayfor Saturday's stacked 10-fight card at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The first live bout is at 2 p.m. PT.

In the main event of a tripleheader live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), former four-division world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs), of Gilroy, Calif., returns from a 13-month layoff to face offensive-minded, hard-hitting Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 KOs), of Sapporo, Japan, in a 12-round welterweight bout.

The co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is a clash of exciting southpaws, undefeated yet untested Gary Russell Jr. (24-0, 14 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Md., against perhaps the most prolific amateur boxer of all-time, VasylLomachenko (1-1, 1 KO), of Ukraine, in a 12-rounder for the vacant WBO Featherweight World Championship. The telecast will open with former two-division world champion Devon Alexander (25-2, 14 KOs), of St. Louis, facing the always-dangerous Jesus Soto Karass(28-9-3, 18 KOs), of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, in a 10-round super welterweight match.

Former light heavyweight world champion, "Bad Chad" Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs), of Las Vegas by way of New Haven, Conn., makes his first start in 12 months when he takes onGeorge "Honey Boy" Blades (23-5, 16 KOs), of Indianapolis, Ind., in the featured bout onSHOWTIME EXTREME® (8 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

In a battle of U.S. Olympians in the SHOWTIME EXTREME co-feature, 2012 U.S. Olympian and undefeated heavyweight Dominic "Trouble" Breazeale (10-0, 9 KOs), of Los Angeles, makes his 10-round debut when he takes on 2004 U.S. Olympic team captain Devin "Devastatin'" Vargas (18-3, 7 KOs), of Toledo, Ohio.

In non-televised fights: Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (8-0, 7 KOs), Los Angeles, makes his debut for GBP against Michael Grenga (15-14, 15 KOs), Lagos, Nigeria, 6 rounds, light heavyweights; Sharif Bogere (24-1, 16 KOs), Las Vegas, Nev., faces a foe to be announced, 8 rounds, lightweights; Michael Hunter (4-0, 3 KOs), Van Nuys, Calif., takes on Jerry Forrest (7-1, 6 KOs), Lafayette, La., 8 rounds, heavyweights; the brother ofMarcos "Chino" Maidana, Fabian Maidana (pro debut), Santa Fe, Arg., clashes withAlejandro Arteaga (3-8, 1 KO), Bakersfield, Calif., 4 rounds, welterweights; and Marcos Hernandez (1-0), Fresno, Calif., vs. Dante Spinks (0-4), San Diego, Calif., 4 rounds, super welterweights.

Tickets priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, 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.

Below is what the fighters and Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, said at Thursday's press conference:

ROBERT GUERRERO

"I want to thank God for the blessings he's blessed me with and my entire management team. It's been a year and it's time to get back in the ring. Since teaming with CrossFit, I've been doing so many different types of exercise and I feel great.

"I want to thank Kamegai for coming out here from Japan. I've seen film on him and he likes to brawl and bang it out and I am the same type of fighter so it will be a very exciting match for both me and the fans who will be watching. I can't wait for Saturday."

YOSHIHRO KAMEGAI

"My weight is no problem and I'm ready to go. I'm here to make a name for myself. I know that people have problems pronouncing my name ("kah may guy") so I want to make a great impact in this fight so they will learn to say it.

"Outside the ring I have the utmost respect for Guerrero. But inside, it's all business. This is will be a good fight, a hard fight and my opportunity to become a mainstay in the fight game.

"I plan on putting on a very exciting show on Saturday."

GARY RUSSELL JR.

"It's actually a little funny standing here getting ready to compete for a world title based on the fact that I was never a fighter that said I wanted to be a world champion until I was on the U.S. Olympic team.

"I was one of the favorites to medal (in the Olympics) and to not be able to compete was devastating. The only way that I could make it up to my fans and family was to become a world champion, plain and simple.

"In this situation I get the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. My competitor fought in the Olympics and I can also become a world champion on this card. I can become a world champion on Saturday as well as beating an Olympian. It's the best of both worlds.''

VASYL LOMACHENKO

"I want to thank everyone in my training camp and everyone who helped prepare me for the fight and my friends and family who are in Ukraine supporting me.

"I think it will be a very good fight on Saturday and I am looking forward to proving that I can win the featherweight title.''

DEVON ALEXANDER

"I want to thank my creator, without him I wouldn't be here. I would also like to thank Golden Boy, Oscar, everyone involved.

"This is a statement fight for me. I belong on top and I want to be on top. I have beaten some tough guys out there and on Saturday night I want to prove to you that I am the best. I plan on making a statement in the welterweight division and I look forward to the opportunity to show the world what I am capable of.''

JESUS SOTO KARASS

"Los Angeles is my second home. Coming off a loss against (interim WBA welterweight world champion) Keith Thurman, I want to come back and be impressive against Devon Alexander. He is fast, strong and has good foot speed, but I am ready to go.

"I am already at the contracted weight and I want to show the fans that I can come back and win. I have a mentality that I don't care and that I just want to win and show that I am capable of getting the victory.''

DOMINIC BREAZEALE

"I definitely feel that I am improving and prepared to fight my first 10-round fight. In camp, we picked up the cardio and conditioning, but we really haven't changed a whole lot.

"My last fight went eight rounds and it was the first time I'd gone the distance. But I always prepare to go the distance and for this fight I'm ready to go 10 hard rounds. But I'm really determined and always looking for the knockout.

"It's an honor fighting a fellow U.S. Olympian, but at the end there is only one winner and I want the referee to raise my hand. I look forward to exposing him and proving no doubt that I am better.''

DEVIN VARGAS

"I'm looking forward to this fight and want to thank all those involved for making it happen. This is a big fight for me, for both of us. He may be undefeated but he hasn't faced anyone like me.

"We'll find out who is best on Saturday. But I'm confident and ready to go all-out to win.''

VYACHESLAV SHABRANSKYY

"I don't change for my opponents so I will keep my same style. I was able to get into the gym right after my last fight because it only lasted for 23 seconds.

"I was able to watch a few videos on my opponent but I don't know much about him. I won't give anything away on my style of fighting, but I will fight to the best of my abilities.

"I am ready for all six rounds for this fight if it goes that long, but at this time I won't know what the outcome will be. All I can do is prepare to the best of my ability.''

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President of Golden Boy Promotions

"Our SHOWTIME EXTREME fights have always been highly competitive. It is one thing we at Golden Boy and SHOWTIME pride ourselves on. We want to consistently present the most competitive fights in the boxing business today.

"Chad Dawson is a great fighter who is back with a vengeance, looking to make a statement against a tough fighter in George Blades. For us, we look at this fight on SHOWTIME EXTREME as a great appetizer to the main course, which will also be very exciting.

"Guerrero is back, he's stronger, he's faster. The new team that he is working with at CrossFit will make a huge difference coming off the biggest fight of his career against Floyd Mayweather.

"That type of fight will elevate your game to a new level. We are looking forward toSaturday and witnessing a very much new and improved Robert Guerrero.

"All our matchups Saturday are exciting from top to bottom. We have an unbelievable history of staging fight-of-the-year candidates at StubHub. If you're a boxing fan and you love action-packed, competitive fights, the StubHub Center on Saturday will be a good place to be.''

                                                                     # # #

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).

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Comment on this article

The Commish says:

Two comebacking ex-champs & two future stars (maybe only one) make their way onto Showtime tomorrow.

The two ex-champs are Robert Guerrero, who last was seen being thoroughly outboxed, outfoxed and outhustled by $$$May some 13 months ago, this, after he & his loud-mouthed dad told the world how they were going to destroy $$$May. Ho-hum. After taking extra time off, Guerrero signed with Al Haymon, who is doing just an amazing job getting his growing stable of top names one important & visible fight after another.

Guerrero's opponent will be Yoshihiro Kamegai a 24-1 made-to-order, 147-pound sushi roll. Despite his inflated record, Kamegai has been beating his own selection of Uma Makis & Specialty Rolls himself. He is slow of hand, slower of foot and has a porous defense. He also has a lot of heart. Sounds like a perfect delicacy for Guerrero to chow down on. We can't believe this is the main event on Showtime.

Then there's "Bad" Chad Dawson making a comeback. "Bad" Chad? In his last two fights, he has indeed been bad. He was beaten up & starched in 10 by Andre Ward in September 2012, then, in his lone appearance in 2013, was iced in one by Adonis Stevenson.

So, what do you do when you're a fighter in need of a top advisor? You sign with Al Haymon. It doesn't get better than that if you're a fighter.

So, Haymon is bringing Dawson back with a fight against George Blades. Yes, THAT George Blades. Thirty-nine-year-old George Blades. Loser of three of his last five fights by TKO George Blades. Safe enough, I suppose, for Dawson. Is Showtime really televising this? Really? HBO's Ken Hershmann must be laughing himself sick.

Another bout on the card is Devon Alexander v Jesus Soto Karass. Karass is just 31 & a sturdy opponent. It's no shame to have been stopped by Keith Thurman & Marcos Maidana in two of his last four fights, & a big plus for beating Andre Berto & Selcuk Aydin in between those losses.

Alexander lost a unanimous 12-round decision--and his IBF Welterweight crown--to Shawn Porter last December, but there's no shame in losing to the ultra-gifted Porter. Look for Alexander to rebound in a tough fight against Karass.

As far as I am concerned, the main event is a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Featherweight title between Vasyl Lomachenko (V-Lo) & unbeaten Gary Russell. This fight has been discussed on TSS plenty. Our talk of this match & its repercussions in the featherweight/jr. lightweight divisions will be monumental in the days after the bout.

If Arum has the cojones, I'd love to see V-Lo v Guillermop Rigondeaux.

Both are Arum fighters. Both would take it.

Welcome to Summer. We're heating up over here.

So is boxing.

-Randy G.

oubobcat says:

Two comebacking ex-champs & two future stars (maybe only one) make their way onto Showtime tomorrow.

The two ex-champs are Robert Guerrero, who last was seen being thoroughly outboxed, outfoxed and outhustled by $$$May some 13 months ago, this, after he & his loud-mouthed dad told the world how they were going to destroy $$$May. Ho-hum. After taking extra time off, Guerrero signed with Al Haymon, who is doing just an amazing job getting his growing stable of top names one important & visible fight after another.

Guerrero's opponent will be Yoshihiro Kamegai a 24-1 made-to-order, 147-pound sushi roll. Despite his inflated record, Kamegai has been beating his own selection of Uma Makis & Specialty Rolls himself. He is slow of hand, slower of foot and has a porous defense. He also has a lot of heart. Sounds like a perfect delicacy for Guerrero to chow down on. We can't believe this is the main event on Showtime.

Then there's "Bad" Chad Dawson making a comeback. "Bad" Chad? In his last two fights, he has indeed been bad. He was beaten up & starched in 10 by Andre Ward in September 2012, then, in his lone appearance in 2013, was iced in one by Adonis Stevenson.

So, what do you do when you're a fighter in need of a top advisor? You sign with Al Haymon. It doesn't get better than that if you're a fighter.

So, Haymon is bringing Dawson back with a fight against George Blades. Yes, THAT George Blades. Thirty-nine-year-old George Blades. Loser of three of his last five fights by TKO George Blades. Safe enough, I suppose, for Dawson. Is Showtime really televising this? Really? HBO's Ken Hershmann must be laughing himself sick.

Another bout on the card is Devon Alexander v Jesus Soto Karass. Karass is just 31 & a sturdy opponent. It's no shame to have been stopped by Keith Thurman & Marcos Maidana in two of his last four fights, & a big plus for beating Andre Berto & Selcuk Aydin in between those losses.

Alexander lost a unanimous 12-round decision--and his IBF Welterweight crown--to Shawn Porter last December, but there's no shame in losing to the ultra-gifted Porter. Look for Alexander to rebound in a tough fight against Karass.

As far as I am concerned, the main event is a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Featherweight title between Vasyl Lomachenko (V-Lo) & unbeaten Gary Russell. This fight has been discussed on TSS plenty. Our talk of this match & its repercussions in the featherweight/jr. lightweight divisions will be monumental in the days after the bout.

If Arum has the cojones, I'd love to see V-Lo v Guillermop Rigondeaux.

Both are Arum fighters. Both would take it.

Welcome to Summer. We're heating up over here.

So is boxing.

-Randy G.


Commish,

Check out the photos of Dawson at today's weigh in...talk about a guy who clearly didn't train. He came in at 182 and was looking a little "soft" to say the least. I really wonder where how into this "comeback" he is. He's not off to a good start to say the least. As the old saying goes, the scale doesn't lie.

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