Earlier this year we broke the story that Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21) was to fight Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (31-2-1-2, 18), we were at least a day ahead of most other sites who seemed to sleep on the story for a while.
Today we'd like to follow that up by saying that we now know that that bout is confirmed and more surprisingly it will be the main event of the show in Carson, California.
We had suspected, like many others, that the main event would be the WBO Featherweight title fight between the unbeaten Gary Russell Jr (24-0, 14) and former amateur sensation Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1) though it appears the name value of Guerrero has over-awed the title fight.
As well those two bouts it appears the show will be a triple header with former 2-weight world champion Devon Alexander (25-2, 14) battling against Mexico's game Jesus Soto Karass (28-9-3, 18) in what could turn out to be every bit as good as the other two fights with Alexander needing to make a statement to stay relevant.
Kamegai, who recently claimed the OPBF Welterweight title, will know that this bout is the biggest of his career and could well help him net a world title fight. Sadly however he hasn't had the greatest of fortune in the USA having gone 1-1-1 with a victory over Hector Munoz, a draw with Jorge Silva and a loss to Johan Perez. Thankfully, with his style, he'll be more than welcomed back for this show which Golden Boy Promotion's Richard Schaefer is claiming could be a fight of the year contender.
Whilst Kamegai hasn't looked great in his last 2 bouts stateside it's worth noting that Guerrero hasn't been in the ring since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr last May and has actually only fought 3 times in the last 3 years. That lack of activity could well see Guerrero struggling for timing, stamina, sharpness and having excess ring rust. All of those things could well help Kamegai in a bout that could launch him towards world title clash later this year.
(Image courtesy of Boxingnews.jp and Golden Boy Promotions)
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