A great boxing triple-header this Saturday on Showtime!
Jun 19 2014 10:47 PM
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Robert Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai
Gary Russell Jr. vs. Vasyl Lomachenko
Devon Alexander vs. Jesus Soto Karass
Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs), of Gilroy, Calif., returns to the ring for the first time since facing pound-for-pound champ Floyd Mayweather in 2013 on SHOWTIME PPV® to take on Japan's hard-hitting Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 KOs) in the 12-round main event.

In a compelling matchup in the co-feature, unbeaten, yet untested Gary Russell Jr. (24-0, 14 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Md., meets perhaps the greatest amateur boxer of all-time, Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO), of Ukraine, for the vacant WBO Featherweight World Championship. Former two-division world champion Devon Alexander (25-2, 14 KOs), of St. Louis, battles always dangerous Jesus Soto Karass (28-9-3, 18 KOs), of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, in a 10-round super welterweight match that will open up the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader.

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The Commish says:

Two comebacking ex-champs & two future stars (maybe only one) make their way onto Showtime tomorrow.

The two ex-champs are Robert Guerrero, who last was seen being thoroughly outboxed, outfoxed and outhustled by $$$May some 13 months ago, this, after he & his loud-mouthed dad told the world how they were going to destroy $$$May. Ho-hum. After taking extra time off, Guerrero signed with Al Haymon, who is doing just an amazing job getting his growing stable of top names one important & visible fight after another.

Guerrero's opponent will be Yoshihiro Kamegai a 24-1 made-to-order, 147-pound sushi roll. Despite his inflated record, Kamegai has been beating his own selection of Uma Makis & Specialty Rolls himself. He is slow of hand, slower of foot and has a porous defense. He also has a lot of heart. Sounds like a perfect delicacy for Guerrero to chow down on. We can't believe this is the main event on Showtime.

Then there's “Bad” Chad Dawson making a comeback. “Bad” Chad? In his last two fights, he has indeed been bad. He was beaten up & starched in 10 by Andre Ward in September 2012, then, in his lone appearance in 2013, was iced in one by Adonis Stevenson.

So, what do you do when you're a fighter in need of a top advisor? You sign with Al Haymon. It doesn't get better than that if you're a fighter.

So, Haymon is bringing Dawson back with a fight against George Blades. Yes, THAT George Blades. Thirty-nine-year-old George Blades. Loser of three of his last five fights by TKO George Blades. Safe enough, I suppose, for Dawson. Is Showtime really televising this? Really? HBO's Ken Hershmann must be laughing himself sick.

Another bout on the card is Devon Alexander v Jesus Soto Karass. Karass is just 31 & a sturdy opponent. It's no shame to have been stopped by Keith Thurman & Marcos Maidana in two of his last four fights, & a big plus for beating Andre Berto & Selcuk Aydin in between those losses.

Alexander lost a unanimous 12-round decision–and his IBF Welterweight crown–to Shawn Porter last December, but there's no shame in losing to the ultra-gifted Porter. Look for Alexander to rebound in a tough fight against Karass.

As far as I am concerned, the main event is a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Featherweight title between Vasyl Lomachenko (V-Lo) & unbeaten Gary Russell. This fight has been discussed on TSS plenty. Our talk of this match & its repercussions in the featherweight/jr. lightweight divisions will be monumental in the days after the bout.

If Arum has the cojones, I'd love to see V-Lo v Guillermop Rigondeaux.

Both are Arum fighters. Both would take it.

Welcome to Summer. We're heating up over here.

So is boxing.

-Randy G.