August 17th 2018-Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-4-2, 24) Vs Greg Vendetti (19-2-1, 12)
Late last week fight fans had the chance to see former world title challenger Yoshihiro Kamegai [亀海喜寛] battle against little known American fighter Greg Vendetti in California.
April 12th 2010-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Yoshihiro Kamegai (14-0, 12) Vs Yosukezan Onodera (20-1-1, 8)
In 2010 Japanese fight fans saw the always fun to watch Yoshihiro Kamegai challenge Yosukezan Onodera for the Japanese Light Welterweight title.
September 10th 2016-Forum, Inglewood, California, USA
Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-2, 23) vs Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-4, 18) II
This past weekend fight fans had the chance to see Japanese tough guy Yoshihiro Kamegai [亀海喜寛] face off against Mexican slugger Jesus Soto Karass, in what was their second bout.
October 6th 2012-Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, USA
Yoshihiro Kamegai (21-0, 18) vs Jorge Silva (19-2-1, 15)
Everyone loves a war and few fighters gives us wars as often as Yoshihiro Kamegai [亀海善寛], who has made a name for him in both Japan and in America. Here we can see Kamegai's 2012 war with Jorge Silva, a genuinely entertaining scrap that was aired on Fox Sports in the US.
December 13th 2014-MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-2-1, 21) vs Oscar Godoy (13-3, 6)
One of the few Japanese fighters to really make a mark on the US scene in recent years is Yoshihiro Kamegai [亀海喜寛], who has fought 7 times there already and is weeks ago from his 8th bout in the country. Here we see his 5th US bout, with Kamegai battling against Oscar Godoy.
April 15h 2016-Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA
Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3, 23) Vs Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-3, 18)
Every so often we, fight fans, get a match up that we know will be exciting, action packed and fun. This past Friday we had once such bout as Yoshihiro Kamegai [亀海喜寛] and Jesus Soto Karass put on an absolute barn burner of a bout in California.
March 20th 2015- Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22) Vs Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12)
Japanese warrior Yoshihiro Kamegai is one of the few Japanese fighters who has made a name for himself Stateside with a number of memorable bouts, including a war with Robert Guerrero. Recently he returned to the US to take on former "Contender" star and 2-time world title challenger Alfonso Gomez in a highly anticipated battle between two popular warriors.
Some fighters are great fun to watch and no matter how limited they are we will always want to watch them just because they have the style to be a lot of fun. One of those men is Nihito Arakawa, a tough Japanese Lightweight who comes to fight despite lacking world class boxing ability, another is his compatriot Yoshihiro Kamegai who is tough, heavy handed and usually involved in fun fights.
Of course however it takes two to tango and sometimes a fun to watch fighter is in a less than thrilling bout due to the style of his opponent. That certainly seemed to be the case when Kamegai, a limited but exciting brawler, took on Johan Perez, a talented boxer-mover.
We won't ruin the bout too much for those who haven't see this one, but it certainly was one of the least exciting Kamegai fights and a long, long way removed from his action war with Robert Guerrero in 2014. If you've not seen that one you've missed out!
A lot can happen in the boxing world in the space of a few years. One great example is just looking at the fights from the Kokugikan on October 24th 2010. Although less than 4 years ago that card really was a notable one. The main event saw the now retired Toshiaki Nishioka defeating Britain's Rendall Munroe in a WBC Super Bantamweight title fight. The co-feature on the same saw Roman Gonzalez wipe out Francisco Rosas in a battle for the interim WBA World Light Flyweight title, Jorge Linares defeat Jesus Chavez on the same show and the then little known Shinsuke Yamanaka defeated Jose Silveria in a bout that was sandwiched between Yamanaka winning the Japanese Bantamweight title and making his first defence of the belt.
On the same show there was also a contest between the heavy handed, though relatively untested, Yoshihiro Kamegai and former world title holder Jose Alfaro. Alfaro was a former Lightweight champion who had serious power, questionable toughess and the ability to hurt opponents when he landed clean. Likewise Kamegai, who was untested at this point, was also a banger with 14 stoppages in 16 fights.
The fight wasn't expected to go the distance and despite some very fun back and forth early on the bout slowly became a case of Kamegai taking over with his power eventually forcing Alfaro to take a knee in round 6. Although he was back to his feet before the referee finished his 10 count it did seem a little like Alfaro had had enough, though had the bout been allowed to continue we doubt anyone would have complained and we also doubt Alfaro would have survived much longer. At the time it was obvious that Kamegai was going to be fun to watch, though we'll admit we weren't sure just how much fun.
Of course from those other fighters on the same show, that Shinsuke Yamanaka has done surprisingly well, hasn't he?
(Video courtesy of BoxeoProdesa)
With just over a day to go until we get to see Yoshihiro Kamegai battle against Robert Guerrero in the US we've decided to watch some of Kamegai's recent fights, one of which was his fight with South Korea's Jung Hoon Yang.
This fight, which took place on April 5th 2014 was Kamegai's most recent bout and saw him defending his OPBF Welterweight title for the first time. It was viewed as a mismatch from the second it was announced and proved to be very every bit of a mismatch with Kamegai having nothing to fear from the South Korean, who tried to fight back but was simply out gunned and eventually stopped.
It wasn't the most impressive of performance by Kamegai, there was nothing especially great about it, but he dealt with an over-matched title challenger like a champion is supposed to and stopped him with a solid body shot that simply destroyed what was left of Yang's fighting spirit.
If you've seen much of Kamegai ahead of his fight this weekend this is worth a watch just to get some eyes on him but is far from Kamegai at his best.
(Video courtesy of yopiikamen)
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