SAN ANTONIO – More than 38,000 fans will be in attendance to watch THE RING junior middleweight championship bout between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Austin Trout tomorrow night at Alamodome.
Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 knockouts), weighed in at 153.5 pounds for his Showtime-televised showdown with Trout (26-0, 14 KOs), who tipped the scales at 153.25 at Friday’s heavily attended public weigh-in held at Market Square.
After the outdoor weigh-in, Alvarez and Trout engaged in a long, wordless nose-to-nose staredown.
When Showtime commentator Steve Farhood, who hosted the live broadcast and internet stream of the weigh-in, asked Trout what he took from the face-to-face confrontation, the 27-year-old resident of Las Cruces, New Mexico said:
“I saw a man who’s ready to fight and I expect nothing less.
“It’s time to see who’s best at 154 pounds.”
Trout, who was born in El Pasto, Texas, had many fans in attendance; many of whom made the trek from El Paso and from Las Cruces. However, Alvarez is clearly the main attraction of the stacked Golden Boy Promotions card.
Hundreds of fans chanted “Ca-ne-lo!” during the weigh-in.
Omar Figueroa, of Weslasco, Texas, also received cheers from the crowd. Figueroa (20-0-1, 16 KOs) weighed in at 134.5 pounds for his scheduled 10-round lightweight fight with Puerto Rico’s Abner Cotto (16-0, 7 KOs), who weighed in at 133.5.
The Figueroa-Cotto fight is the co-featured bout of the Showtime Championship Boxing broadcast.
Unbeaten prospects Jermall Charlo and Julian Williams will be joined by 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha in the Showtime Extreme bouts that will lead into the Championship Boxing telecast.
Houston native Charlo, the twin brother of fellow unbeaten prospect Jermell Charlo, takes on Mexican veteran Orlando Lora in a junior middleweight bout scheduled for eight rounds.
Charlo (12-0, 8 KOs) weighed in at a ripped 154.25 pounds, as did Lora (29-3-2, 19 KOs).
Williams (11-0-1, 6 KOs), of Philadelphia, Pa., faces Escondido, Calif.-based spoiler Dashon Johnson (14-10-3, 5 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round middleweight bout.
Gausha (3-0, 2 KO’s), of Cleveland, meets up with Valley, Alabama’s William Waters (2-3, 2 KOs) in a scheduled four-round swing bout.
Off-TV, unbeaten junior bantamweight prospect Ivan Morales, the brother of legendary Erik Morales, faces Chihuahua, Mexico’s Raul Hidalgo in a scheduled eight rounder.
Morales (20-0, 13 KOs), of Tijuana, weighed 115.25 pounds; as did Hidalgo (17-7, 13 KOs).
Also on the undercard, bantamweight prospect Andres Gutierrez faces countryman Salvador “Sal II” Sanchez, the nephew of the late Salvador Sanchez, in a scheduled 10-round bout.
Gutierrez (25-0-1, 21 KOs), who is part of Team Canelo, weighed in at 122.5 on his first attempt, but later made the contracted 122 pounds. Sanchez (30-5-3, 18 KOs) weighed 121.25.
Former contender Raul Martinez, who is now trained by former champ Jesse James Leija — a co-promoter of Saturday’s card — weighed in at 122.25 pounds (while eating a gordita) for his four-rounder with fellow San Antonio native Omar Gonzales (5-8, 1 KO), who weighed 120.75.
The nine bout card will open with Houston featherweight prospect Miguel Flores (10-0, 6 KOs) against veteran journeyman Guadalupe De Leon (8-13, 4 KOs).
Both fighters weighed in at 127 pounds.
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