Guerrero outpoints Kamegai in a slugfest
- Updated: June 22, 2014
A show was put on by both Robert Guerrero and Yoshihiro Kamegai from the Stub Hub Center on a Showtime televised card in front of an energetic crowd, with Guerrero scoring a unanimous decision victory by the scores of 116-112 and 117-111 twice.
Both fighters stayed near the middle of the ring for the majority of the fight, providing the crowd with heavy blows and action that could make the fight a fringe Fight of the Year contender.
Kamegai, who got a purse of $75,000 to Guerrero’s $1 million figure, came to fight for every penny he was paid, willingly trading with the Gilroy native throughout the contest.
A huge shot almost ended things midway through the eighth off a punch from Guerrero, but Kamegai showed his mettle and even finished the round in the middle of the ring, trading with Guerrero.
“It was a rough fight,’’ Guerrero, whose left eye was cut and swollen shut, said afterwards. “I didn’t want to get caught into his style, but right out of the gate I did. I’m not a runner, I will fight. He is a tough, great fighter. I want to give the fans what they want. I was in great shape. I took the shots very well because of the shape I am in because of CrossFit.”
It was more ‘middle of the ring’ action in the following round, with Guerrero pulling away with Kamegai slowing down but still coming forward and trying to land.
Guerrero made a successful return to the ring following his May 2013 shutout loss against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
“I wanted to get on my toes but I fell right back into banging with him,” added Guerrero. “I have been out for a year and it’s time to get back to work again. I am getting back in the gym right away. He hit me with a great shot to the left eye and I had to get right back up and keep fighting. There’s no backing down.
“There are a lot of fighters out there. We will enjoy this win and then get back to seeing who is out there. My opponent came in 110 percent better than what you see on TV because it was his opportunity to shine in the Showtime main event. This was his opportunity and he came to fight.”