Kamegai Spells Sayōnara for Soto-Karass.

jesus-soto-karass-vs-yoshihiro-kamegai-07-photo-by-naoki-fukudaAfter 24 minutes of an action-packed Jr. Middleweight encounter Yoshihiro Kamegai sets the record straight and ultimately beat Jesus Soto Karass into submission. In what was a competitive fight, was in retrospect a one-sided encounter, bothers fighters did give and receive some devastating punishment, it was Kamegai basically pitching a hard fought shut-out, comparable to a pitcher loading the bases inning after inning and getting out of every inning without letting any runs up. Most of the 8 rounds took place in the center of the ring but late in the 8th round Kamegai floored Soto-Karass, who got to his feet, and with his mouth said he wanted to continue, but his body language said this is it for my career. He held on and tried for the final minute of the round. As the 8th round closed, the corner of the Mexican warrior, stepped in and saved Soto Karass without any protest from the clearly beaten fighter before the start of the 9th. The high paced slug fest was of no surprise to boxing observers and either was the outcome. The ending of the career of Soto Karass is somehow sad, no it is not the end of a legendary career or a hall of fame fighter. But, it is a loss for boxing, as boxing is now less good as a result. I know you are asking yourself, is he serious, boxing is going to mourn the loss of Jesus Soto-Karass? Well, it should because every time he fought he epitomized what a fighter is. He fought hard for every minute of every round, and every time you watched him fight you got your monies worth. If a recreational fight fan watched him fight, he would walk away saying I enjoyed that fight. Perhaps that recreational fight fan will tune into another fight because of the enjoyment Soto Karass provided, and this is obviously a positive for the sport of boxing, after all isn’t that how us hard core fight fans got into the sweet science by watching a fight that caught our interest and our intrigue. The way Gatti and Ward did 3 times, neither of them were all-time greats but they did so much for the interest of the sport, way more than Bernard Hopkins, did, and that’s not a knock on him I love B-HOP but perhaps his style isn’t going to drag a none-enthusiast into our corner. Soto-Karass intrigued us the same way Mickey Ward did, and Soto Karass’s victory over a much more talented and much more athletic Andre Berto, proved exactly what a persistent hard working fighter is capable of and make no mistake he pummeled the more athletic more gifted Berto. While Soto-Karass will certainly not be honored in the International Hall of Fame, he will be enshrined in the D3 BoxingBlog, hall of fighters to watch.


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