All right, fight fans, it's been a rainy weekend in Las Vegas. To get everyone up to speed, this was supposed to be the "too good to be true" fight of two undefeated, fast-rising stars: Brandon Rios vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa tonight, but unfortunately Gamboa is not fighting Rios tonight.
Richard Abril is stepping in for what was supposed to be a 135-pound title bout.
Rios has been known for his weight issues lately and unfortunately yesterday at the weigh-in it was evident he must move up in weight, for he weighed in at 137 lbs, not qualifying to win the title should he win the fight.
Abril has agreed to continue with the fight making the 135 lbs limit. Word is Abril has been guaranteed a significant amount of money including a portion of Brandon's fine for not making weight and even an added bonus from Brandon's purse to assure the fight is a go.
There is also a $50,000 bonus going to the winner of the Rios vs. Abril fight.
Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez and his opponent Sergey Fedchenko both made their 140-lbs weight limit and their fight is taking place in a split location venue in Mexico City where those of us in attendance at the Mandalay Bay will be watching the fight live on the jumbo screen.
Also on the undercard, Mike Alvarado and Mauricio Herrera both made their 140-lbs limit fight for their 10-rounder.
Mercito Gesta and Oscar Cuero make their contracted 138-lbs limit as well.
For those of you fight fans in attendance tonight at the Mandalay Bay there will be an after party here at one of the clubs as I am getting word from my associates at Top Rank. It is a private VIP list, so let me know if you are interested on getting on that list; I can see about getting you the details for that.
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