Robert Guerrero will end a 13-month layoff June 21 as he fights Japanese welterweight Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 knockouts) in Carson, California.
Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 knockouts), whose last fight was his big-chance loss to Floyd Mayweather in May 2013, needs another fight as soon as possible, and that’s why he’s suddenly in the fold for a 12-round bout less than six weeks away.
"Although I've been out for a while, make no mistake about it, I'm in great shape,” the Gilroy welterweight said through publicist Mario Serrano. “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."
Kamegai suffered his only defeat last June, in Carson, yet, to equally unsung Johan Perez.
The June 21 date officially extricates Guerrero from the promotional limbo in which he placed himself in January by announcing he wanted to part ways with Golden Boy Promotions after four years and recently announcing he had signed Al Haymon as his advisor.
Golden Boy executive Richard Shaefer, who pronounced himself bewildered by Guerrero’s intentions to defect, is allied with Haymon and Showtime, so it wasn’t surprising that Schaefer was willing and able to work Guerrero into the June 21 lineup.
Still, it’s too bad Guerrero isn’t the one fighting Alexander, a junior welterweight champion whose signature win surely is his 2012 thrashing of Marcos Maidana, the man who took Mayweather to the limit less than two weeks ago. Guerrero’s signature welterweight win is his 2012 upset of former welterweight champion Andre Berto, but Soto-Karass, something of a journeyman, clobbered Berto much more impressively in 2013.
Schaefer hinted at the likelihood that Guerrero might well face the winner of the Alexander fight if he beats Kamegai, as he surely will be favored to do.