“I’ve been working hard to put together another spectacular card,” Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told Maxboxing on Tuesday afternoon. “I really feel that from an entertainment point of view that it’s one of the strongest cards we’ve put together. Guerrero and Kamegai is going to be entertaining like hell. I think Kamegai is one of the most exciting guys and Guerrero hasn’t fought for a year. Am I going to say it’s a 50/50 fight? No, I’m not going to say that. I think obviously Guerrero’s favored but I can tell you one thing: that fight - and you mix in the StubHub Center - it’s going to be a helluva fight.”
Yeah, magic happens at that tennis court in Carson.
“You got Lomachenko and Russell; I don’t even have to talk to you about it anymore. We all know that’s going to be one of the most anticipated fights and then with Alexander and Soto Karass, I think that’s a 50/50 fight and I have no doubt that one of the three fights - and I’ll take bets on that - will be a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate. I don’t know which one but all three have the potential to be.”
This card may not have the most high-profile names attached but it figures to be a fun night and will provide action and entertainment (which is what really matters). In many ways, it’s the quintessential fight fans’ fight card. “See, this is what happens when I still have my keys,” cracked Schaefer.
This Showtime telecast will highlight the return of “The Ghost” Guerrero, who...well, disappeared like one after his 12-round whitewash at the hands of Floyd Mayweather in May of last year. In the aftermath, he tried to extricate himself from his promotional pact with Golden Boy, citing violations of the Muhammad Ali Act. A couple of months ago, Guerrero hired Al Haymon as his adviser.
Schaefer explained of this detente, “I think sometimes when you do have differences - and they never filed a lawsuit - we just all said, ‘OK, let’s work this fight. Let’s go forward and work together again. And I think Al was able to move everybody on the same page and move forward. So now [Guerrero]’s going to fight; it’s going to be good for Robert. He’s going to make money; it’ll be good for Golden Boy and I think it’s a very intriguing fight.
“Staying active is key to any fighter and that’s exactly what it takes. I think with like Andre Ward and Dan Goossen, maybe the recipe we are applying here with Guerrero and Golden Boy, well, you don’t need to necessarily be 100 percent fans of each other but you need to move forward and you hopefully get on the same page and you work together. I think that’s the formula which should be used by others as well. As I said, I never had anything against Robert and was surprised by what happened. Now, it’s not time to look back but look forward.”
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