WBA super bantamweight beltholder Rico Ramos and mandatory contender Guillermo Rigondeaux made weight for their Showtime-televised title bout on Friday in Las Vegas.
Ramos (20-0, 11 knockouts), Los Angeles, weighed in at the division limit of 122 pounds on Thursday at Palms Casino Resort, the site of his ShoBox: The New Generation main event against Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs), of Miami, Fla., by way of Cuba, who weighed in at 120.5.
Ramos-Rigondeaux is the featured bout of a ShoBox tripleheader that starts at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Although the 24-year-old defending titleholder has more than twice as many pro bouts as the 31-year-old challenger, Guillermo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist that many consider an all-time great amateur boxer, is the betting favorite.
“A lot of people are doubting me for this fight but who cares? It’s me and him in that ring,” Ramos said after the weighin. “I came to keep that title. I’m the WBA champ and I will stay the champ.”
The former Cuban amateur star agrees with the odds makers.
“Of course I should be the betting favorite,” Rigondeaux said. “What should I expect from Ramos? He has to worry about what to expect from me!
“I’m very happy for the opportunity to win a title with less than 10 pro fights. I’m ready for the challenge.”
In the eight-round co-featued bout, two undefeated 130-pound prospects, Guy Robb (7-0, 3 KOs), a 22-year-old out of Sacramento , Calif. , will face Joel Diaz Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles.
Opening bout of the broadcast, undefeated junior bantamweight prospect Matthew Villanueva (6-0-1, 6 KOs), of Burbank , Calif., will fight Mike Ruiz Jr.(8-1-1, 3 KOs), of Fresno, Calif., in a scheduled eight rounder.
The card is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions.
Photos / Craig Bennett