A Saturday press conference is in the works for smack-talkers Adrien Broner and Paulie Malignaggi.
Martirosyan-Lara, Garcia-Barros weigh-in
Junior middleweights Vanes Martirosyan and Erislandy Lara weighed 153, and, 153.5, respectively for Saturday night's WBC eliminator.
Unbeaten Vanes Martirosyan weighed 153 pounds compared 153.5 for former amateur world champion Erislandy Lara on Friday in advance of Saturday night's HBO-televised, WBC junior middleweight eliminator bout at theLafite Ballroom of Wynn Resort Casino in Las Vegas.
A 26-year-old resident of Glendale, Calif., Martirosyan (32-0, 20 knockouts) is a native of Armenia and former member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team whose past includes amateur victories over Timothy Bradley, Jr., Austin Trout and Andre Berto.
The Martirosyan-Lara winner is to be in line for a bout opposite WBC titleholder Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who is 41-0-1 with 30 knockouts.
A resident of Oxnard, Calif., Garcia, 24, returns to a Las Vegas ring for the first time in four years, having won 13 of his past 14 bouts by knockout.
Garcia has scored seven consecutive knockout victories, including those over previously undefeated Matt Remillard, Rafael Guzman, Juan Carlos Martinez, Bernabe Concepcion and former title-holder Mauricio Pastrana.
A native of Argentina, Barros, 28, has gone the distance with Gamboa, and knocked out Irving Berry in the seventh round for the WBA's featherweight belt.
Barros defended his title twice, the last time with a unanimous decision over Celestino Caballero. Barros lost his rematch and was dethroned by Caballero, and is looking to rebound from a loss to IBF junior lightweight titleholder Juan Salgado in August.
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