More than 13 months since he was dominated by Floyd Mayweather Jr., Robert Guerrero returns
to a boxing ring Saturday night against Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai.
Guerrero, 31, was defeated by three scores of 117-111 against Mayweather, then endured some disagreements with Golden Boy Promotions over the direction of his future that extended his layoff.
Against Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 knockouts) Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson, former featherweight and super-featherweight world champion Guerrero (31-2-1) meets an opponent who’s only fought outside Japan twice.
Showtime will televise the bout, along with a featherweight title bout between Gary Russell Jr. and Vasyl Lomachenko and a super-welterweight fight pitting former welterweight world champion Devon Alexander versus Jesus Soto-Karass..
“I know the way [Kamegai] fights, and I’m excited for it … a brawl,” Guerrero said.
He said he was swayed to return to the ring because, “It’s been a year. Out of sight, out of mind. A year’s a long time, it’s time to get back in there.”
Guerrero said despite getting repeatedly beaten to the punch by Mayweather, “I gained a lot out of the Mayweather fight --publicity wise, plus experience. I’m excited to pick up where I left off. The division’s stacked, people want to see me fight again.”
Like Guerrero, other top-tier fighters like Andre Ward, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Mikey Garcia have taken extended absences rather than accept deals they weren’t comfortable with.
“It’s … you know, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” Guerrero said after balking at a handful of fights former Golden Boy Chief Executive Richard Schaefer offered. “I leave that stuff to my management and take care of my business in the ring.”Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times