Brandon Rios failed to make the 135-pound limit for Saturday night's clash with Richard Abril, the second straight fight he has done so.
Brandon Rios will earn $450,000 compared to $100,000 for rival Richard Abril, but the winner of their WBA lightweight title belt clash will pocket an extra $50,000.
Brandon Rios and Richard Abril will fight for the vacant WBA lightweight title on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. Boxing experts give their predictions on the outcome.
Richard Abril believes that he will end the winning streak of Brandon Rios and hand the hard-punching former titleholder his first loss on Saturday night. "I am more Mexican than Rios," he said.
Main event lightweight combatants Brandon Rios and Richard Abril, along with undercard fighters Mike Alvarado, Mauricio Herrera and Mercito Gesta, held a public workout ahead of their April 14 card in Las Vegas.
Brandon Rios and Richard Abril delivered another heated confrontation during a Monday press conference in Los Angeles, and both fighters are eager to settle matters in the ring on Saturday.
Juan Manuel Marquez is driven by his zeal for a fourth bout with Manny Pacquiao: "That's the single factor is that I want the rematch. I want the rematch with Manny. The factor that returned me to this sport is that I want the rematch."
Brandon Rios could meet Juan Manuel Marquez on July 14 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium if the two of them defeat difficult opponents on April 14.