LOS ANGELES - Fighters Jesus Soto "Renuente" Karass (28-10-3, 18 KOs), Yoshihiro "Maestrito" Kamegai (26-3-1, 23 KOs) are ready for war in Los Angeles at the Belasco Theater as part of Golden Boy's LA FIGHT CLUB.
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.
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."