Earlier this year fight fans got a hidden gem as Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-3-2, 24) [亀海喜寛] and Jesus Soto Karass (28-11-4, 18) fought to a draw in a thriller on a Golden Boy card. Last night the two did it again, putting on another show for the fans. This time however the decision wans't left in the hands of the judges but instead the corner of Soto Karass who pulled their man out after the 8th round.
The bout, like their first, started at a great pace with the Mexican tough guy kicking things off with a triple hook to the body but by the end of the round it seemed like Kamegai had hurt the Mexican with a body shot. Soto Karass, the tough guy he is, stuck it out and rallied over the following rounds, giving Kamegai his best, but it always seemed like the Mexican lacked the power he needed to ever gain the respect of Kamegai, who showed some defensive skills to block and parry the Mexican's assaults. Whilst Soto Karass failed to get the respect of Kamegai the Japanese fighter looked to be getting the Mexican's respect regularly with some solid, spiteful shots that clearly hurt.
By the middle rounds it seemed like Kamegai was grinding down Soto Karass but the the veteran wasn't going to just go away and continued to try fighting back. In the 8th round however Soto Karass' resiliency started to fade and he was dropped, hard. He got back up but it was clear he didn't have much fight left and his corner wisely pulled him out after the round.
For Kamegai the win didn't net him a huge purse but it may have opened some doors for a notable fight stateside next year however for the Mexican this is likely the end of what has been a wonderfully exciting but hard career.
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