Soto-Karass v Kamegai: Media workout quotes / photos
Fighters Jesus Soto “Renuente” Karass (28-10-3, 18 KOs), Yoshihiro “Maestrito” Kamegai (26-3-1, 23 KOs) and Jousce Gonzalez, who will make his professional debut, today hosted a Los Angeles media workout ahead of their respective bouts on the April 15 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB.
The fighters came out to show their skills at Westside Boxing Club ahead of Friday’s highly anticipated bouts.
Below is what the fighters had to say at the media workout:
JESUS SOTO-KARASS, Super Welterweight Star of the Future:
“Everyone knows I’ve never ducked anyone, I’ve never been scared of anyone, and it’s the same thing now as at the beginning of my career. I’m not afraid of anyone and I’ll fight anyone.
“I would have to say I have had a lot of fights, such as Marcos Maidana, Keith Thurman and Mike Jones, but if I had to pick one out as my best, I’d have to say my fight against Andre Berto, that’s the fight that took me to the next level.
“I’ve faced a lot of power punchers in my career, but if I had to pick one I’d say Mike Jones was the hardest puncher. Kamegai is a warrior and a tough challenge, but I think I won’t have a problem taking his punches.
“As a veteran, I don’t feel old. And like I said, it’s going to be a war. It’s an honor to fight a warrior like Kamegai is.
“Everyone knows that Japanese fighters are warriors, but the winners are going to be the fans that get to watch the fight.”
YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI, Super Welterweight Star of the Future:
“I think I am going to be able to put on an exciting bout.
“[Soto] I’ve seen him in so many fights…I have the highest respect for him and am honored to be able to fight him.
“If it turns out to be a brawl, I am going to go out there to win. I am here to win, but I also want to please the fans.
“The excitement of this fight really motivates me to do well. Winning this fight will bring me bigger opportunities
“I remember watching boxing on television, and I got together with my brothers and friends. We would put on gloves and would have boxing matches for fun, and I found this exciting and thrilling. That is when I decided to continue in the sport.
“In Japan boxing is very popular, and they are starting younger now. Since the sport has grown so much and the youth have more interest in the sport, it has contributed to more high-level Japanese boxers in the sport.”
JOUSCE GONZALEZ, Lightweight Star of the Future:
“I am excited. I have been waiting for this for a while.
“I started boxing with my brother (Joet Gonzalez) who is signed with Golden Boy Promotions, and he’s given me the best advice. We try to make each other better.
“My style of fighting…I like to say I’m a boxer-puncher. I like to adapt. I have the ability to adapt to any style. I take advantage of my length and power shots inside.
“I’m going to go out there and execute what I did in camp, and I expect a good outcome.”
To accommodate the high demand for the sold-out April 15 LA FIGHT CLUB show featuring sure-fire ‘Fight of The Year’ candidate throwdown between Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass and Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai, an additional ballroom viewing section will open at the Belasco Theater for the first time in LA FIGHT CLUB history. Fans will be able to enjoy the festive fight atmosphere from the upstairs ballroom lounge, complete with live fight commentary, DJ, food, full bar and bottle service. Tickets for Ballroom viewing are just $10 for this Friday’s show and are available for purchase at www.goldenboypromotions.com, the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, by calling 213-233-2957 or by emailing LAFightClub@goldenboypromotions.com.
Jesus Soto Karass vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by “Cerveza Tecate, Born Bold” and Carmelita Chorizo. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bout begins at 5:30 p.m. The Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Friday, April 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT and will stream live simultaneously on estrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios: youtube.com/FenomenoStudios. The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.