A story just breaking in Japan right now is that OPBF Welterweight champion Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21) has turned down the offer of a fight with OPBF Light Welterweight champion Keita Obara (11-1, 10). Instead he will travel to USA and take on former Floyd Mayweather foe Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (31-2-1-2, 18) in a possible career defining fight.
Kamegai, who is 1-1-1 in the US, is somewhat well known to American audiences after his fights with Hector Munoz (TKO6), Jorge Silva (D10) and Johan Perez (LUD10). Although he didn't look great against Silva and Perez he is an exciting fighter with genuine power and has seemingly re-found his confidence after a slight blip.
As for Guerrero, who is known to Asian fans for his no contest with Daud Cino Yordan and his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr, this will be his return to the ring after being out of action for almost a year, following the loss to Mayweather last May.
Kamegai will be taking his #7 IBF and #14 WBC Welterweight rankings with him whilst Guerrero, a multi-weight world champion, will be risking his #9 WBO and #11 WBC placings. In turn this would mean the bout was a significant one for both men with the winner likely to be in the top 10 of 2, if not 3, title warding bodies.
If both were fighting at their best we would typically favour the more rounded Guerrero but with a year of ring rust and out of the ring concerns, including charitable work and problems with his promoters, we give Kamegai a fantastic chance against the Mexican-American.
The bout is said to be in Los Angeles on June 21st as part of the Gary Russell Jr/Vasyl Lomachenko under card. A victory for Lomachenko in the main event would see him tying the long standing world record of Saensak Muangsurin for fewest fights (3) to become a world champion.
As far as we are aware the fight isn't yet confirmed but is expected to be signed and sealed by the end of the day, so watch this space!
(Edit-This bout is now listed on boxrec.com score 1 up to us!)
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