Guerrero Shows No Rust, Decision Kamegai
Welterweight Robert Guerrero shook off a 13 month layoff to score a unanimous decision win over Japanese Yoshihiro Kamegai in Carson, California on Saturday night.
Guerrero was tested by the pesky Kamegai and the four-division world champion was engaged in a brutal war. Both fighters repeatedly engaged in a phone booth slugfest with very little defense or head movement. In the end Guerrero landed an incredible 471 power punches while Kamegai connected with 278 power shots, most of which were to the body of Guerrero.
Guerrero fought the second half of the bout with a nasty cut and swelling over left eye but the game Japanese fighter was never able to take advantage of the obvious target and finish the fight. In fact Guerrero landed his most powerful blows in the 12th round with his left eye shut closed from the seventh round onwards. Guerrero bloodied Kamegai’s lip as both fighters decided to punish each other all night long. The fight slowed down a bit in the late rounds but the pair came out swinging again in the final round.
In the end, Guerrero beat Kamegai with the scores of 116-112, 117-111, 117-111. And although both fighters slugged it out in the outdoor ring, neither one went down.
A Rough Night
Guerrero admitted that it was a “rough night.” He said that he didn’t want to brawl with Kamegai but he did. He said he wanted to box but he “always has this habit of banging away and exchanging toe to toe. He added that he is “not a runner” and that he “will fight.” He gave credit to Kamegai whom he called as a tough and great fighter.
Kamegai accepted the decision and said that Guerrero “shook him a couple of times” and “weakened him in the legs.” He added that he hit Guerrero with a number of powerful shots of his own but the Ghost easily recovered. For his part, Guerrero attributed his excellent conditioning to CrossFit, which is his new training regimen.
The bout was supposed to be an easy boxing match for him, but Guerrero turned it into a brawl, much like his fights against Andre Berto and Selcuk Aydin.
Alexander was Great
In another featured bout, Welterweight Devon Alexander showed no effects of his December 2013 loss to Shawn Porter and came up with a great performance in his unanimous decision win over Jesus Soto Karas. Alexander was dominant right from the get-go.
Putting on a Show
Alexander won with the scores of 99-91, 99-91 and 97-93 to notch his 26th victory against two defeats. The game Soto-Karas fell to 28-10-3. Alexander was more offensive minded than usual, starting out fast off the gates. Soto-Karas fought his usual fight but fell behind early because he was being out-boxed and outworked by the busier Alexander. But Alexander didn’t just box, there were moments when he stood toe to toe with Soto-Karas and traded bombs with him although Alexander’s quickness and excellent defense neutralized the power of Soto-Karas’ punches.
Soto-Karas was able to land solid body shots and head punches to make the fight more entertaining. But clearly, he lost to the more complete boxer. Alexander said he wanted to put on a show. He said that he is a “good figher with skills” and that he promised that he is “going to be the best one day.”
With their victories, Alexander and Guerrero look to position themselves in the talent-rich welterweight division and set-up fights with the Top Dogs.
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