Adrien Broner weighed in at a surprisingly light 144.4 pounds for his WBA welterweight title defense against Marcos Maidana, who weighed 146.2 at Friday’s weigh-in for their Showtime-televised main event at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Saturday.
Broner (27-0, 22 knockouts), of Cincinnati, Ohio, told Showtime’s Steve Farhood that he could have made lightweight (135-pound limit) or junior welterweight (140). The welterweight division limit is 147 pounds. Saturday’s fight will be the second welterweight bout for Broner, who previously fought at lightweight and junior lightweight (130). Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs), of Santa Fe, is a former 140-pound contender who will be fighting hisfifth bout at welterweight.
The co-featured bout of the quadrupleheader is also a welterweight bout. Undefeated contender Keith Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs), of Clearwater, Fla., weighed 145.8 pounds for his showdown with veteran gatekeeper Jesus Soto Karass (28-8-3, 18 KOs), who weighed 146.2.
Soto Karass, of Los Angeles by way of Los Mochis, Mexico, is coming off a 12th-round stoppage of former welterweight titleholder Andre Berto, which took place in San Antonio. Thurman stopped unbeaten Diego Chaves in the ninth round on the same card.
Unbeaten junior featherweight beltholder Leo Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KOs), of Los Angeles, weighed 121.4 pounds for the first defense of his WBC title against Puerto Rico’s Cesar Seda (25-1, 17 KOs), who weighed 121.6.
Light heavyweight titleholder Beibut Shumenov (13-1, 8 KOs) weighed in at the division limit of 175 pounds for the fifth defense of his WBA belt against Slovakia’s Tomas Kovacs (23-0, 14 KOs).
Shumenov-Kovacs is the opening bout of the Showtime broadcast, which begins at 5:00 p.m. PT/ 8:00 p.m. ET.
A full weigh-in report, plus news and notes, from Lem Saterfiled will be posted shortly.