WBO junior lightweight titleholder Mikey Garcia weighed 129.2 pounds compared to 129 for respected two-time title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos on Friday in advance of Saturday's clash at New York’s Madison Square Garden on HBO.
Garcia (33-0, 28 knockouts) is coming off an eighth-round knockout of Roman “Rocky” Martinez in November that earned him the belt and represented his 10th stoppage victory over the course of his past 11 fights.
It was the second major title in a second weight class for Garcia, who earned THE RING and WBO featherweight titles in January by beating Orlando Salido, whom he dropped four times en route to an eight-round technical decision.
Garcia followed up the win over Salido with a fourth-round knockout of ex-beltholder Juan Manuel Lopez in June, and in Burgos, meets a man who battled Martinez to a split-draw on the Garcia-Salido card.
Szpillka was last in the ring for a fifth-round knockout of Mike Mollo in August. He also stopped Mollo in the sixth round of a wild fight in February.