Jesus Soto Karass and Yoshihiro Kamegai go to war at LA Fight Club

Jesus Soto Karass and Yoshihiro Kamegai go to war at LA Fight Club

By Daniel Zaldivar

April 16, 2016


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - In a potential fight of the year candidate, veterans Jesus Soto Karass and Yoshihiro Kamegai went to war with each other throughout a scheduled ten round bout that resulted in a draw on Friday April 15. 

The boxing community had been anxiously awaiting this matchup ever since it was announced a few months ago that it would be on Golden Boy Promotions' monthly LA Fight Club card. Both fighters exchanged blows in each passing minute and one would think the momentum would favor one or the other after some time. However, as Soto Karass (28-10-4, 18 KOs) and Kamegai landed flush body shots, right hooks, left hooks, and straight right hands on each other, and would always seemingly receive a response.  

This fight was a war. Exactly what the fans expected. The people truly won tonight. I felt really good in the ring, but Kamegai was a true, Japanese warrior. I feel we both delivered an exciting night of boxing.
— Jesus Soto Karass

Kamegai (26-3-2, 23 KOs), who made the trip out from his native Tokyo, Japan, had to not only go head-to-head with his opponent, but also against the crowd support. The sold out fans in attendance were heavily in Soto Karass' corner as chants of "Soto!" rang through the building throughout this main event. The 33-year-old Kamegai was the aggressor at the initial part of the bout, as he would have Soto Karass against the ropes and attempt to land. He [Kamegai] worked the body more consistently and his sweeping left and right hooks thundered through the building after each connecting strike.  

I’m still getting used to the time zone here, but I feel really good about my performance tonight. Soto Karass did catch me a few times, but every time he did, he was met with my counterpunches. Soto Karass was the kind of fighter I was expecting to fight—-a true warrior.
— Yoshihiro Kamegai

After the final second ticked on the clock, it was now up to the judges to deliver the difficult decision. The first judge scored the bout 97-93 for Kamegai. The second had it 96-94 for Soto Karass. The third and final (as everybody anxiously waited in suspense) delivered the solidifying score of 95-95 making this rugged match a draw. Whatever the case was, nobody in attendance seemed to complain about the decision. A draw was more than applicable after the performance by these two athletes and a rematch is highly probable sometime later this year. 


Daniel Zaldivar is a boxing contributor for Frontproof Media & page2sports.com. He is the founder and CEO of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YoutTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @Z_BoxingNews

(Feature photo: Naoki Fukuda/RingTV)

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