In the main event, former four-division World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) will make his anticipated return to the ring to face Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight bout on Saturday, June 21st at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Guerrero hasn’t fought since losing to Floyd Mayweather back in May of 2013 while Kamegai is coming off of a fourth round KO back in April of this year. Kamegai is a tough, big puncher as he has 21 knockouts in 24 fights, but Guerrero is a big step up in competition for him. After a year layoff, Guerrero says that it was a good rest and that he was keeping in shape. He is now signed with Al Haymon and being promoted by Oscar de la Hoya. Even with a little ring rust, I expect him to perform well and get a win to set up another big fight in the future.
In an intriguing matchup in the co-feature, unbeaten Gary Russell Jr. (24-0, 14 KOs) will take on Ukrainian star Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO) for the vacant WBO World Featherweight Title. This will be Russell Jr.’s first title shot. Lomachenko fought for the title in his debut fight back in March of this year losing to Orlando Salido. Salido lost the title to the scale being that he came in the fight overweight. It has been some controversy over Lomachenko getting another title shot in his second pro fight after losing the first time. I expect this to be a great fight and I am leaning towards Russell, Jr. to win. I think that his speed will give Lomachenko problems.
The opening fight will feature the return of former world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (25-2, 14 KOs) of St. Louis who will meet the rugged Jesus Soto Karass (28-9-3, 18 KOs). Alexander is coming off of a loss to Shawn Porter and Soto Karass is coming off of a TKO loss to Keith Thurman. They both last fought in December of last year. This is a winnable fight for Alexander but you just never know what you will get from him and Soto Karass is tough. He gives it his all every fight. I think that it will be a great action packed fight.
Also returning to the ring in the preliminary bouts on Showtime Extreme is the return of "Bad" Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs) in his first fight after two consecutive knock out losses as he will take on George "Honey Boy" Blades (23-5, 16 KOs). Blades is also coming off of a TKO loss against Jean Pascal back in September of last year and Dawson’s last fight was in June of last year. We haven’t seen “Bad” from Chad in quite some time but he says that “he’s back”. We will see. Another loss may be the end of his career.
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