The Return of the Ghost
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero makes his long awaited return to the ring on June 21 against the dangerous Yoshihiro Kamegai of Japan in a 12 round welterweight encounter at the StubHub Center in Carson, California USA.
The bout will be the co-featured fight in Showtime’s Championship Boxing telecast of the WBO featherweight championship between Gary Russell Jr and Vasyl Lomachenko. In the opening fight of the card, Devon Alexander “The Great” faces Jesus Soto Karas in a 10-round super welterweight bout.
A Ghost of Himself
Robert Guerrero looked like a ghost of his champion self when he faced the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the bout dubbed as “May Day” last May 2013. Guerrero was coming off impressive wins over Andre Berto and Selcuk Aydin when he was tossed in the Mayweather sweepstakes.
But Guerrero found Mayweather’s defense a riddle that was too hard to solve as Money masterfully boxed around Guerrero for 12 rounds. All three judges unanimously scored the bout 117-11 in favor of Mayweather. That loss dropped Guerrero’s record to 31-2-1 with 2 no contests and 18 knockouts. It was also Guerrero’s first loss since 2005.
Guerrero has said that while he has taken a long layoff, he is in tremendous shape and is looking forward to fighting again in the most competitive division in boxing. But he’ll have his hands full against the tough and game Yoshihro Kamegai.
Beast From the East
Fighting out of the famed Teiken Boxing gym in Tokyo, Japan, Yoshihiro Kamegai is one of the tough contenders from the eastern part of the world. Kamegai is currently the OPBF Welterweight champion and holds an impressive record of 24-1-1 with 21 knockouts. Kamegai’s lone loss came at the hands of Johan Perez in June last year, but he has won two successive knockout victories over Tim Hunt and Jung-Hong Yang. Kamegai has a reputation of being a brawler and he is definitely a live opponent for Guerrero. A win over Guerrero could put Kamegai in title contention.
Alexander the Great?
Devon Alexander was one of the top unbeaten fighters of the 2000’s He was the former IBF and WBC Light-welterweight champion. He suffered his first defeat at the hands of Timothy Bradley during their light-welterweight title unification bout in 2011. Bradley won via technical decision when Alexander was unable to continue due to a cut which was caused by an accidental head-butt.
Alexander moved up to the welterweight division and captured the IBF title by defeating fellow American Randall Bailey by unanimous decision in October 2012. Alexander lost the title to Shawn Porter last December via a close unanimous decision.
Jesus Soto Karass is as tough as any Mexican warrior. He owns a professional record of 28-9-3 with 18 KOs. Among his famous victims are Andre Berto and Selcuk Aydin. Soto Karass has won four of his last six fights and although he has not yet won a world title, he is never known to back out of any challenge. Soto Karass hopes to return to the world title picture once again with a victory over Alexander.
Possible Big Fight in November
British boxing star Amir Khan’s impressive victory over perennial gatekeeper Luis Collazo in the undercard of Mayweather-Maidana has made him one of the early favorites to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. next. And while Khan has calling out Mayweather since last year, religion could stand in the way of a big money fight with Money May. Khan is a Muslim by religion and he will not be able to fight in September due to the Ramadan. Khan hinted that he can fight in November or December, but Mayweather has declared that his next fight will be in September. So in case the Mayweather-Khan bout doesn’t materialize, then Amir Khan has no dancing partner.
In an interview with Sky Sports’ Ringside, Khan mentioned Robert Guerrero and Devon Alexander as possible foes. Khan singled out Guerrero as an ideal future opponent and stated that Devon Alexander is another fight that could possibly be made.
So with a lot at stake not just for Guerrero but also for Devon Alexander, expect both fighters to put on a show for Showtime. And while one of them may face Khan next, these two could even end up facing each other in the future.
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