About to begin his attack on the elite of the welterweight division, top-ten world rated Japanese contender Yoshihiro Kamegai will make his second United States appearance on Saturday, October 6 when he battles Tijuana, Mexico’s Jorge “El Pantera” Silva in the main event of a FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes televised card at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California.
Plus, always-exciting former World Champion Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares returns to action to face Hector Velasquez in the 10-round lightweight co-main event.
Fighting out of Sapporo, 29-year-old Yoshihiro Kamegai (21-0, 18 KO’s) is a dynamic boxer with knockout power who has emerged from the Japanese fight scene as a contender in the welterweight division. In October of 2011, he made his United States debut with an impressive sixth round technical knockout win over Hector Munoz in Las Vegas. Now, after two more wins back at home in Japan, he is back to face his toughest test to date in contender Rivera.
With heart, power and an aggressive attack, Tijuana’s Jorge Silva (19-2-1, 15 KO’s) always delivers fireworks on fight night. A four year professional who has scored wins over then 118-fight veteran Roberto Valenzuela and unbeaten prospect Alvaro Robles, the 20-year-old up-and-comer is currently the owner of wins in five of his last six fights, including two in a row. On Saturday, he makes his United States debut against one of Japan’s finest.
Looking to bounce back from two exciting and hard-fought upset losses to Antonio DeMarco and Sergio Thompson, former Two Division World Champion Jorge Linares (31-3, 20 KO’s) begins his comeback on October 6 and he has put in countless hours in the gym preparing to make a run at a third divisional title. A former champion at 126 and 130 pounds, the 27-year-old Venezuelan is still in his physical prime and mentally, he is stronger than ever and ready to take a step forward against Velasquez.
Tijuana’s Hector Velasquez (52-17-2, 35 KO’s) has faced a “Who’s Who” in boxing throughout his 19-year career, including Manny Pacquiao, Rocky Juarez and Edwin Valero, and he hasn’t backed down from anyone. Now 37, Velasquez’ goal is to put on great fights for the fans and leave it all in the ring every time out and in Linares, he will have an opponent who shares the same philosophy, making this a potential barnburner.