Shots from Saturday night’s Vanes Martirosyan vs. Erislandy Lara and Mikey Garcia vs. Jonathan Barros fights at the Wynn in Las Vegas. For more, check the full gallery.
Roman Gonzalez, pictured above with former champ, fellow countryman Ricardo Mayorga was one of the fighters who made weight at today’s event in Las Vegas. Gonzalez will be defending his WBA 108-pound belt against Omar Soto . . . that is, if Soto can find away to shed four pounds without sawing off his leg. Main eventers Toshiaki Noshiaki and Rafael Marquez also made weight, 122 and 121, respectively, though three of the undercard fighters came in porky. For more photos, check out the slideshow . . . |more|
Photographers pray for anything to happen at a weigh-in – anything that goes beyond having to take a zillion shots of a bunch of guys in their undies. Of course, a shoving match, a face off with guys yelling things about the other’s mammas are welcome breaks. Today’s weigh-in, alas, might not have had anything dramatic, but, as pictured above, Jesse Magdaleno showed a little humor with his over-aggressive opponent. For the usual run of boring weigh-in shots, check the rest out on Fightnews.com.
There may be no one to compare with Manny Pacquiao, but on the local Las Vegas scene, no one has been able to rally a local crowd like the Magdalenos. Last night at the Mandalay Bay, Diego Magdaleno (19-0, 6 KOs) won by third round TKO over Gilberto Sanchez Leon (31-9-2, 11 KOs). On the undercard, Diego’s younger brother, Jesse (4-0, 2 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Jonathan Alcantara (4-4-2, 0 KOs). Stay tuned for full photo gallery.
Alright, so when a promoter calls the media in to watch a “workout,” it doesn’t mean a fighter is actually going to work out. In fact, you’ll be lucky to get someone shadowbox a round. And that’s exactly what Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios did today. In his schoolboy sweater, he obliged the press to shadowbox a measly round, then spent the remaining time, goofing off.
That is, until Miguel Acosta showed up. Once someone made the suggestion to pose the two together, Rios was splitsville.
Acosta, on the hand, cranked up the South American beats and shadowboxed half a dozen rounds, giving the media at least a clue on how his movement is going to mystify Rios on Saturday.
Undercard fighters Mike Lee and Jesse Magdaleno also gave the media plenty of photo ops. Lee shadowboxed and Magdaleno was the only fighter of the day who dared hit the mitts.
The bonus of the day was newly-crowned bantam king Nonito Donaire, who showed up to goof off with stablemate Rios, and talk about his knockout of Fernando Montiel last weekend on the Top Rank bill at Mandalay Bay. “I still don’t know he was able to get up,” Donaire said of Montiel.