A few months ago it was revealed that the popular and exciting Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-2-1, 21), the OPBF Welterweight champion, would be returning to the US on December 13th for his 5th bout in the country as he proves to be one of the few Japanese boxers capable of making his name Stateside. Today Kamegai revealed that his upcoming opponent would be Oscar Godoy (13-3, 6).
Godoy, dubbed "El Tigre", is a 24 year old from California who was out pointed in his most recent bout by Cecil McCalla. The loss to McCalla ended a 9 fight winning streak from the American who had suffered his previous loss in January 2012 against Joshua Marks in an up-and-down type of fight with several knockdowns.
For Kamegai this will be an attempt to end a poor run in the US which has seen him draw with the tough Jorge Silva, in what was a real old fashion humdinger, suffer a wide decision loss to the world class Johan Perez, who really was a stylistic nightmare for the Japanese fighter, and lose to the world class Robert Guerrero in one of the best fights of 2013. Thankfully for Kamegai he's managed to leave a great impression despite his recent form and when you're in exciting fights you can often get a pass for losing which appears to be what Kamegai has got.
Kamegai's bout with Godoy is well down the card, though the show promises to be one of the most interesting American cards of the year. The co-main events will see Keith Thurman (23-0-0-1, 21) battle against Leonard Bundu (31-0-2, 11), in a defense of Thurman's WBA interim world title, and Devon Alexander (26-2, 14) fight against Britain's Amir Khan (29-3, 19) in a battle for the WBC Silver Welterweight title whilst other bouts on the show will include Jermall Charlo (19-0, 15), his twin Jermell Charlo (24-0, 11), Abner Mares (27-1-1, 14), Errol Spence (14-0, 11), Victor Ortiz (29-5-2, 22) and Kazahkstan's Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9) in what is genuinely a stacked card from top to bottom.
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