LOS ANGELES, October 3 – About to begin his attack on the elite of the welterweight division, top-ten world rated Japanese contender Yoshihiro Kamegai will make his second United States appearance on Saturday, October 6 when he battles Tijuana, Mexico’s Jorge “El Pantera” Silva in the main event of a FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes televised card at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California.
Plus, always-exciting former World Champion Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares returns to action to face Hector Velasquez in the 10-round lightweight co-main event.
Kamegai vs. Silva, a 10-round welterweight bout, headlines an exciting night of boxing action presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Don Chargin Productions and sponsored by Corona. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. PT and the first fight begins at 4:00 p.m. PT. The FOX Sports Net broadcast will air at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. FUEL TV will rebroadcast the fight on November 25 at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets priced at $20, $35, $45 and $60 are available for purchase at the Sacramento Convention Center Box Office, online at www.tickets.comor by calling Paco’s Restaurant in Woodland (530) 669-7946.
Fighting out of Sapporo, 29-year-old Yoshihiro Kamegai (21-0, 18 KO’s) is a dynamic boxer with knockout power who has emerged from the Japanese fight scene as a contender in the welterweight division. In October of 2011, he made his United States debut with an impressive sixth round technical knockout win over Hector Munoz in Las Vegas. Now, after two more wins back at home in Japan, he is back to face his toughest test to date in contender Rivera.
With heart, power and an aggressive attack, Tijuana’s Jorge Silva (19-2-1, 15 KO’s) always delivers fireworks on fight night. A four year professional who has scored wins over then 118-fight veteran Roberto Valenzuela and unbeaten prospect Alvaro Robles, the 20-year-old up-and-comer is currently the owner of wins in five of his last six fights, including two in a row. On Saturday, he makes his United States debut against one of Japan’s finest.
Looking to bounce back from two exciting and hard-fought upset losses to Antonio DeMarco and Sergio Thompson, former Two Division World Champion Jorge Linares (31-3, 20 KO’s) begins his comeback on October 6 and he has put in countless hours in the gym preparing to make a run at a third divisional title. A former champion at 126 and 130 pounds, the 27-year-old Venezuelan is still in his physical prime and mentally, he is stronger than ever and ready to take a step forward against Velasquez.
Tijuana’s Hector Velasquez (52-17-2, 35 KO’s) has faced a “Who’s Who” in boxing throughout his 19-year career, including Manny Pacquiao, Rocky Juarez and Edwin Valero, and he hasn’t backed down from anyone. Now 37, Velasquez’ goal is to put on great fights for the fans and leave it all in the ring every time out and in Linares, he will have an opponent who shares the same philosophy, making this a potential barnburner.\
IABA UPDATE (RESULTS – EUROPEAN SCHOOLBOY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012)
Francie Stokes claimed his second win in 24-hours to guarantee Ireland at least a second bronze medal at the 10th European Schoolboy Championships in Anapa, Russia today.
The Derry teenager (Oak Leaf BC) registered an impressive 11-7 win over Rahim Pashayev of Azerbaijan to join Mayo’s Nevan Fannon in the last-four.
Both boxers will meet Russian opponents in the semi-finals on Friday.
Overall, Ireland recorded six wins out of nine today, with John Sweeney, James McGivern, Kieran Molloy, Bret McGinty and Michael Nevin also progressing.
Sweeney, Molloy and McGinty recorded a hat-trick of wins over Israeli opponents, while McGivern and Nevin advanced at the expense of Azerbaijan and Germany.
Sean Purcell, Brian Kennedy and Matthew Davis lost out this afternoon despite brave efforts.
Nine Irish boxers will be in action in the quarter-finals tomorrow
The semi-finals and finals at the 22-nation tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday.
Local times apply below. Anapa is three hours ahead of Ireland.
10th European Schoolboy Championships Anapa, Russia
October 2nd (Last 16)
40kg: Francie Stokes (Ireland) beat Stanislav Kunov (Ukraine) 6-3
41.5kg: Conor Quinn (Ireland) lost to Furkan Pank (Turkey) 8-11
43kg: Aaron McKenna (Ireland) lost to Tugrulhan Erdemir (Turkey) 9-13
46kg: Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) beat Gokhan Karamusaoglu (Turkey) 8-2
54kg: Matthew Davis (Ireland) beat Darband Aliyev (Azerbaijan) 9-6
62kg: Christopher O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Alexandru Carnasov (Moldova) 13-3
40kg: Francie Stokes (Ireland) beat Rahim Pashayev (Azerbaijan) 11-7
44.5kg: Sean Purcell (Ireland) lost to Umid Rustamov (Azerbiajan) 3-7
48kg:James McGivern (Ireland) beat Ayhan Taghizada (Azerbihjan) 10-5
50kg: John Sweeney (Ireland) beat Ahmad Shtive (Israel) 11-4
56kg: Kieran Molloy (Ireland) beat Luka Oshvakashvili (Israel) RSC2
59Kg: Brett McGinty (Ireland) beat Michael Katz (Israel) 16-7
68Kg: Brian Kennedy (Ireland) lost to Raman Dren (Belarus) 4-9
52Kg: Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Denis Gashi (Germany) 20-6
54Kg: Matthew Davis (Ireland) lost to Vladislav Batizhevskij (Ukraine) 5-16
62Kg: Christopher O’Reilly (Ireland) lost to Van Melkumyan (Armenia) 5-7
Afternoon session 12pm (Quarter Finals)
48KG James McGivern (Ireland) Andrej Lovnichij (Ukraine)
59KG Brett McGinty (Ireland) v Gurgen Madoyan (Armenia)
76+KG James Clarke (Ireland) v Gurgen Hovhannisyan (Armenia)
Evening session 5pm (Quarter Finals)
38.5kg: Nathan May (Ireland) v Nick Bier (Germany)
46kg: Oliver McCarthy (Ireland) Sarkhan Aliev (Azerbihjan)
50kg: John Sweeney (Ireland) v Kiryl Padlutski (Belarus)
52kg: Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Andrea Zupparado (Italy)
56kg: Kieran Molloy (Ireland) v Evgenij Zagranichnyj (Ukraine)
65kg: Darragh Murray (Ireland) v Artsiom Serada (Bulgaria)
Friday (Semi-Finals) 4pm
40kg: Francie Stokes (Ireland) v Albert Rodionov (Russia)
72kg: Nevan Fannon (Ireland) v Ruslan Beglaryan (Russia)
Irish squad 2012 European Schoolboy Championships, Anapa, Russia, October 1st – 7th
38.5kg: Nathan May (Crumlin, Dublin)
40kg: Francie Stokes (Oak Leaf, Derry)
41.5kg: Conor Quinn (Clonard, Antrim)
43kg: Aaron McKenna (Smithboro, Monaghan)
44.5kg: Sean Purcell (Marble City, Kilkenny)
46kg: Oliver McCarthy (Brian Dillons, Cork)
48kg: James McGivern (St Georges, Antrim)
50kg: John Sweeney (Inisfree, Sligo)
52kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise, Laois)
54kg: Matthew Davis (Ardagh/Cross, Mayo)
56kg: Kieran Molloy (Oughterard, Galway)
59kg: Brett McGinty (Oak Leaf, Derry)
62kg: Christopher O’Reilly (Bracken, Dublin)
65kg: Darragh Murray (South Meath, Meath)
68kg: Brian Kennedy (Daingean, Offaly)
76kg: Nevan Fannon (Ballyhaunis, Mayo)
76+kg: James Clarke (Kilnamanagh, Dublin)
Director of Boxing: Dominic O’Rourke
Team Manager: Paddy Gallagher
Team Coaches: Dmitry Dimitrov,Fergal McKenna, Brian Barry
R&J: Philip Rooney