Kamegai-Silva Draw; Linares Unanimous Decision over Velasquez

By: Gordie Tamayo
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Welterweights Yoshihiro Kamegai (21-0-1-18KO) and Jorge Silva (18-2-2-14KO) headlined this Saturday’s Fox Sports Network Campionship Boxing from Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium resulting in a fan friendly, majority draw scored 96-94 for Kamegai, overruled by two scores of 95-95.

In the opening round, Silva displayed flashes of confidence between fast hands that beat Kamegai to the punch and powerful hooks when the Japanese warrior tried working his way inside.

As the fight progressed, Kamegai began to pressure the younger Silva towards the ropes, landing clean shots to the body but was unable to hurt him.

Just when it appeared Kamegai was imposing his will on Silva, Silva would come back with a shot or two that put a pause on Kamegai’s assault as was in the sixth round when Silva landed a thunderous overhand right that buckled Kamegai seconds before the bell saved him.

The bout was mixed with moments of young bravado to tactical chess playing from both sides. Aside from a careless shot from headlock position by Kamegai and some sloppy backhands courtesy of Silva, the matchup was entertaining and the fans appreciated the action.

The Tijuana native, promoted by Mexican legend Erik Morales, appeared to be satisfied with the decision while the Japanese Kamegai simply stated he could have done more to get better scores.

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In the co-feature, lightweight Jorge Linares (32-3-20KO) stepped back into the ring in a must win fight after suffering back-to-back defeats to Antonio DeMarco and Sergio Thompson.

Linares had in front of him the rugged Hector Velasquez (52-18-3-25KO), who although on the downside of his last nine outings coming fight night, had the style that was sure to test Linares and bring out the best in him.

From the gate Linares stuck to the outside with his superior boxing ability and foot speed. Velasquez never stopped pressing forward and attempting to land a big shot but was unable to keep Linares in one place long enough to accomplish that goal.

Scores were 100-89, 99-91, 97-91 in favor of Linares. Although perhaps not the performance expected by spectators, the win marked a critical step in the right direction for Linares who is hoping for one or two more bouts before campaigning for a title shot.

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