Super bantamweights Nonito Donaire and Toshiaki Nishioka, along with junior welterweights Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado, will all be fighting on a Top Rank-promoted card that will be broadcast live on HBO Boxing After Dark tomorrow night at 10 PM ET (delayed on the West Coast) from the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. All four men stepped on the scale today.
Nonito Donaire, the current IBF and WBO super bantamweight champ weighed in at 121.6 while his opponent, the true WBC champion, Toshiaki Nishioka weighed in at 121.8, both of which were under the division limit of 122.
Mike Alvarado weighed in at 139.8, while his opponent Brandon Rios weighed in at the division limit of 140. The fight is for the vacant WBO Latino junior welterweight title.
Rios fans in attendance must have let out a collective sigh of relief when he made weight for the first time in his last three fights. In fairness though, he did move up a weight class, so to miss weight again would have been beyond unprofessional.
Both fights promise to be intriguing matchups, with a lot of people predicting that the Alvarado vs. Rios bout could be a fight of the year candidate.
The Donaire vs. Nishioka winner could potentially face WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, who just renewed his contract with Top Rank, at some point early next year.