[Photos/Recap] Guerrero vs Kamegai Final Press
LOS ANGELES, CA –
The combatants kept it short and sweet at today’s final press conference ahead of the Saturday night showdown at the Stub Hub Arena in Carson. Over the last couple years, the cool, crisp night air of the Stub Hub has become a hot bed for war-like conditions ending in blood.
With Oscar De La Hoya running the show, the decidedly subdued triple header participants took their turn at the mic and delivered respectful addresses that mom could be proud of. Looking relaxed and all smiles, Robert Guerrero reiterated his readiness to resume his career and once again gave the nod to his new crossfit training regimen while Yoshihiro Kamegai promised an explosive, exciting performance fans would be happy to watch. Following suit, the rest of the card’s fighters thanked their camps and forecasted explosive matches and sparks o’plenty. The only fighter that appeared to go off script was Gary Russell Jr.
Russell Jr. spoke of his beginnings in the sport and how he never dreamed of being a world champion. His dream was to be an Olympic Gold medalist, a dream unfulfilled. Now he finds himself in the ring competing for a world title against two-time Olympic Gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko. A match-up that brings a Top Rank fighter and a Golden Boy fighter together in the ring for the first time in a long time. Like Russell Jr., Lomachenko has his own cross to bear. Russell has long been criticized for his lack of opposition and turning down fights while Lomachenko, who according to some observers has been spoon fed his advances, looks to rebound with a big win after suffering a controversial loss to Orlando Salido for the vacant WBO featherweight title.
Also appearing on the dais, heavyweight prospect Dominic Breazeale who willl make his 10 around debut Saturday night against Devin Vargas. Chad Dawson, who returns after a year lay-off and coaching change, did not address the media.
rday night at the Stub Hub Arena.