Photos by Tiffany Lam / ESB & Ed Mulholland/HBO: Everything went smoothly at today’s weigh in. There were no issues making weight, no trash talk, no shoving matches, it was all positive as the fighters hit the scales this afternoon in Denver, Colorado. The undercard fighters weighed in first, building up anticipation for when “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23KO) and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (32-2-1, 22KO) hit the stage.
Rios, of Oxnard California, stepped onto the scale first. Known to have issues making weight in the past, Bam Bam was relaxed and jovial as he weighed in at 146.75 pounds. Next up was Denver native Alvarado, who was all business and came in at 146.5 pounds. As the fighters met to do the traditional stare down, they started laughing and shook hands. No doubt these two warriors have grown respect for each other through their battles. “Right now we’re friends”, Rios said after the weigh in, “but tomorrow in the ring we’ll hate each other.”
Co-feature fighters Maxim Vlasov, of Russia, weighed in at 170 pounds while undefeated Mexican Gilberto Ramirez came in at 170.5 pounds. The stare down was intense, as Vlasov plans to make the best of the biggest opportunity of his career and play spoiler against rising star Ramirez.
Weights of the untelevised undercard:
Aik Shakhnazarian, 15-0 (6KO), Russia – 141.5 pounds
Abner Lopez, 24-4 (19KO), Mexico – 141 pounds
Konstantin Ponomarez, 26-0 (13KO), Russia – 147.5 pounds
Steve Clagget, 20-2-1 (14KO), Canada – 147.5 pounds
Oleksandr Gvozdyk, 4-0 (3KO), Ukraine – 175 pounds
Cory Cummings, 18-7-1 (13KO), Baltimore, MD – 174 pounds
Jeremy Ramos, 6-1 (2KO), Denver, CO – 151 pounds
Rene Marquez 4-1 (2KO), Scottsbluff, NE – 150 pounds
Zsolt Daranyi, 2-0 (2KO), Canada – 152 pounds
Luis Marquez, pro debut, Scottsbluff, NE – 151 pounds
The stage is set for a great night of boxing tomorrow night. Questions, comments, hate mail? You know what to do.