Kamegai to use high volume punch attack against Guerrero tonight
(Picture credit: Hogan Photos) By Dan Ambrose: Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 KO’s) plans on altering his normal fighting style tonight by throwing many more punches than he normally does when he faces Robert “The Ghost” Guerero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Kamegai, 29, normally loads up on everything he throws in an effort to score knockouts, but he realizes that Guerrero has a strong chin and can take almost amount of punishment without going down or getting hurt. For this reason Kamegai is going to try and outwork Guerrero if possible.
“This fight with Guerrero is about stamina, boxing a little more than usual but also throwing more punches,” Kamegai said via RingTV.com.
The trick with exchanging with Guerrero is that you have to be careful with his bad habit of holding and hitting. He frequently does it so quickly that the referee doesn’t see it in time to prevent it from going on. Guerrero isn’t much of a puncher, but when he’s holding his opponent with one hand and hitting them with another, he’s a much better puncher as we saw in his win over Andre Berto. Guerrero looked like a knockout artist when he had Berto’s head held by one hand while nailing him with his free hand.
Kamegai has a great chin, and that’s going to be a good asset to have tonight because this fight is likely to be a pretty rough one, especially if Kamegai chooses to stand in front of Guerrero the way that Berto and Selcuk Aydin both did. Those guys were limited, and they made it easy for Guerrero. Kamegai is a smart fighter, and I don’t expect that he’ll make nearly as many mistakes as those guys did against Guerrero. But he’s still going to need be careful at all times because Guerrero could hurt him with his roughhouse tactics.
Kamegai will need to fight fire with fire if Guerrero starts throwing low blows and holding and hitting. If the referee sees that both fighters are doing the same fouling, he’ll essentially be forced into doing something to address the issue because otherwise he’ll make himself look silly and useless.