On Tuesday, Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer announced what looks like a highly competitive tripleheader scheduled for June 21 (Showtime) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
And on Wednesday, the participants made some comments on the card, which will be headlined by the return of welterweight contender Robert Guerrero (in his first fight since a loss last May to champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.) to face Yoshihiro Kamegai. Gary Russell Jr. faces Vasyl Lomachenko for a vacant featherweight belt, and former welterweight and junior welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander, looking to rebound from the loss of his welterweight title to Shawn Porter in December, will face Jesus Soto Karass.
Here’s what the participants had to say:
Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs): "I'm excited to be making my ring return on June 21, especially for my fans in California. 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 KOs): "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 (in a decision loss to Johan Perez last June). 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."
Russell (24-0, 14 KOs): "This is the moment I've been waiting for, and now it is time to show the world my boxing skills and talent. 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): "I know how good Gary Russell is, and it's going to be a good fight for the fans on June 21. I learned a lot from my (loss in a March title fight to) Orlando Salido, and I will be the best I can against Russell. I want that world title, and I plan on taking it."
Alexander (25-2, 14 KOs): "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. 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 KOs): "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. 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."