- By Miguel Maravilla Photos by Golden Boy
Fan Favorite Jesus Soto Karass Returns
Mexican veteran warrior Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-3, 18 KO's) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa Mexico is no stranger to brawling in the ring as he returns to fight Japanese slugger Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-1, 23 KO's). Soto Karass will take on Kamegai this Friday at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles in what promises to be a war live on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV. Fightnews.com caught up with Soto Karass as he talked about his return and upcoming clash with Kamegai.
“We have already completed the hardest part which is the training camp right on weight,” Jesus Soto Karass told Southern California Boxing.com “I feel this will be a tough fight with Kamegai but we have worked real hard, now we are ready for the fun,” Soto Karass added.
Having trained at the SCMT Boxing Gym in Montebello, California southeast of L.A. Soto Karass put in a solid camp with his trainer Ramon “Yuquita” Morales in preparation for the Japanese Kamegai.
“We had a solid camp with my trainer “Yuquita” along with the Robles brothers. It was a tough preparation because we know Kamegai is coming with everything he’s got,” Soto Karass said.
Kamegai scored a KO over Nelson Gulpe in his last fight in his home country Japan. An all action fighter will bring it as he has shown it in his fights against former world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, Yohan Perez, and Alfonso Gomez.
“Kamegai is a Japanese Kimikazee in the ring but he is going up against a Mexican warrior. There will be fireworks,” Soto Karass said.
A tough opponent to pick in his return to ring, Soto Karass had been out since his last fight, a decision loss to former world champion Devon Alexander back in June of 2014 on the Robert Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai card. Prior to that fight he suffered a devastating loss to undefeated welterweight Keith Thurman.
“I have not boxed for 2 years. I last fought at the Stub Hub Center on a card that featured Kamegai on the main event. It was a while back but that shouldn’t affect me coming back,” Soto Karass said.
Soto Karass however was active fighting in 2015 participating in the BKB Championship, a combat sport similar to boxing without the ring, ropes, corners and three minute rounds. In that span he went 1-1 with a decision win over welterweight Ed Paredes and decision loss to super lightweight Adrian Granados.
‘Last year I participated in BKB. It was a great experience. They think its easy but you get hit all the time for 2, five minute rounds but I had fun,” Soto Karass said.
Having been in many wars throughout his 15 year career as Soto Karass has been in the ring with Alfonso Gomez, Mike Jones, "King" Gabriel Rosado, Marcos "El Chino" Maidana, Selcuk Aydin, Andre Berto, former world champions Yuri Foreman, and Vince Phillips. It was time for a break for the 33 year old Mexican fighter as looks for a new beginning.
“Like my good old friends say, the future is uncertain. My focus is on Kamegai, if we get a victory we will talk with Golden Boy, my managers Sergio Diaz and Francisco Espinoza to see what is in store,” Soto Karass said.
Now he gets back in the squared circle headlining the LA Fight Club series as Soto Karass vs. Kamegai will be a scheduled ten round welterweight bout. A win for Soto Karass in this fight will help keep his career going with bigger fights down the line.
“The people expect action in this fight and honestly there will be plenty of action and enough action to take home,”
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