The Ghost returns on June 21
- Updated: May 14, 2014
After losing a 12-round decision to pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Robert Guerrero literally became a ‘ghost.” After over a year of inactivity, Guerrero will be making his return.
Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO) will be back in action June 21 at the StubHub Center when he takes on Yoshihiro Kamegai of Japan. Guerrero will be looking to get himself back into title contention in the stacked welterweight division, but his opponent is no easy task.
“I’m excited to be making my ring return on June 21, especially for my fans in California,” said Guerrero, who last fought against Floyd Mayweather on May 4, 2013. “Although I’ve been out for a while, make no mistake about it, I’m in great shape. I’m hungry and I’m looking forward to the challenge Kamegai presents. I am just happy to be fighting again while bringing excitement to the hottest division in boxing, the welterweight division. I have no doubt that I will be victorious in my return.”
Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 KO) suffered his first loss against Johan Perez in June of 2013. He was able to bounce back from the loss with two consecutive knockout victories, and a win over Guerrero would be a significant boost to his career.
“It’s good to fight in the United States again at StubHub Center, especially after I was treated so well by the fans there the first time,” said Kamegai. “This time though, I’m going to get the win. While Robert Guerrero is a great fighter, I will be better than him on June 21.”
Also announced for the Showtime tripleheader is a WBO featherweight title fight between Gary Russell Jr and Vasyl Lomachenko.
Russell (24-0, 14 KO) is undefeated and possesses an amazing skillset, but he has yet to face an opponent that could really challenge him. It has become a joke among boxing people to refer to every Russell opponent as “TBA.”
“This is the moment I’ve been waiting for, and now it is time to show the world my boxing skills and talent,” said Russell. “Lomachenko’s reputation speaks for itself. I respect him as a fighter but he doesn’t know what he is about to face fighting me. He’s going to find out that I’m on a whole different level and come June 21, that belt is going to be mine to take home.”
Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO) may only have two pro fights, but he is no TBA. Regarded by many as the greatest amateur boxer of all-time, Lomachenko earned a shot at the WBO featherweight title in just his second pro fight. Unfortunately for him, he lost a closed decision to Orlando Salido, who failed to make weight for that fight. Because Salido lost, the title became vacant. Lomachenko gets a second chance at the title.
“I know how good Gary Russell is, and it’s going to be a good fight for the fans on June 21,” said Lomachenko. “I learned a lot from my fight with Orlando Salido, and I will be the best I can against Russell. I want that world title and I plan on taking it.”
Devon Alexander will also be on the card taking on fan-favorite brawler Jesus Soto Karass.
Alexander (25-2, 14 KO) will look to bounce back after losing his IBF title to Shawn Porter last December. His only other loss came to Tim Bradley in 2011.
“I had a nice break after my last fight and it allowed me to regroup, recharge my batteries, and get ready for another run at the title,” said Alexander. “Soto Karass is a tough guy, there’s no denying that, but tough won’t be enough when we fight. I’m a man on a mission now, and he’s in the way.”
Soto Karass (28-9-3, 18 KO) had a nice 2013 with wins over Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto, but the year ended on a sour note for him as he lost via TKO against Keith Thurman in December.
“Devon Alexander is fast and slick, and you have to respect his skills, but if he doesn’t respect mine, he’s going to get knocked out,” said Soto Karass. “And even if he does respect me, I’m going to beat him on June 21 and get back in line for a title fight.”
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