3 More Rounds

Prizefight Preview: Guerrero-Kamegai Tripleheader

Photos: Gene Blevins - Hoganphotos/GBP

Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/GBP

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Ladies and gentleman, from the thousands in attendance, to the millions watching across the world, let’s get ready to 3 More Rounds preview!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3MR brings you a special triple preview heading into tomorrow night’s Showtime televised bout from Carson, California.

OPENING BOUT

Devon Alexander vs. Jesus Soto Karass

LA-WKOT-AlexanderThis is a crossroads bout featuring two veterans, with one becoming a bigger player in the 147 division, and the other most likely heading towards gatekeeper status.

Alexander is off his title losing effort against upstart Shawn Porter and is hoping to rebuild himself back to title contention, while Karass has lost two of his last four and is trying to keep his name out of journeyman status in what could be a boxing dominated, slow paced fight if Alexander wishes to set a slow tone and get back in the W column with a decision, or, as a source told this writer just days ago, Karass is going to step on the pedal early and look to get the engines revving in the early rounds.

In any event, it’s not a bad start as the opener of the Showtime telecast.

CO-MAIN EVENT

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Gary Russell Jr.

LA-Boxing-PCBy far the most meaningful bout on the card is this match up. With so many implications depending on the outcome, the hope is that the bout provides some fireworks to go along with the potential history to be made.

Lomachenko will be crowned a titlist in only his third pro-bout as a professional with a win, and Russell Jr. will grab his first major title in paving his way towards respect after fighting mostly unknowns.

There is also potential to pave way for more progress in the Golden Boy Promotions/Top Rank Promotions thawing of the ‘Cold War’. If both Lomachenko and Russell bring it, it could spawn a rematch and possibly a headliner part II that could highlight a main-event dual promotion for GBP and TR.

Time will tell, and while the professional experience of Russell, although against limited opposition, cannot be ignored, Lomachenko possibly proved more in his loss to Orlando Salido than Russell has in his entire professional career.

MAIN EVENT

Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai         

LA-Boxing-PCFor some reason, Guerrero’s return to the ring following a one-sided drubbing at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May 2013 is scheduled as a 12 round affair.

Guerrero will face Tokyo, Japan based Yoshihiro Kamegai, who has a handful of fights in the US and lost in the Stub Hub Center last year against Johan Perez. Kamegai has since won two in a row via knockout, while Guerrero has admitted that there could be some ring rust once the bell rings, so the 12 rounds does not look to be in his favor.

Look for Guerrero to do something early, and for Kamegai to hold his ground at least in the early going as the fighter, while unknown, is no slouch in the ring and boasts some pop in his punches as 21 of his 24 career wins have come via KO.

So there we have it 3MR readers! Will Alexander get back in the title hunt? Will Lomachenko make history? Will Guerrero be triumphant in his ring return?

Tomorrow night, it’s Showtime!!!

Other notable fighters on the card: ‘Bad’ Chad Dawson makes his return following a one year absence, and Olympian heavyweight Dominic Breazeale continues his climb up the HW rankings in separate bouts.

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