SHOBOX WEIGHTS: Russell Jr. tipped scale at 126¾ pounds, Castaneda 125; Breazeale weighed 248 pounds, Tate 238; Browne weighed 175¾, Ford 176¾; Gausha weighed 164 pounds, Caplinger 165½; Spence Jr. weighed 149, Garcia 149½ and Warren weighed 117½ pounds, Rivera 117 ¾.
"This is definitely a great opportunity for me to fight a big name like Gary Russell on SHOWTIME. I'd been training for a different fighter, another southpaw with a similar style, for three months but when this offer came along I took it. I'm definitely in good shape and very excited.
"With the preparation I had, I definitely feel I'm capable of winning. Russell is a good fighter, very, very fast, so my plan is to not let him get into a rhythm and dictate the pace.
"I feel I hit hard enough and I know I throw enough punches. I expect to throw 100 punches a round.
"If I win this fight, I can be another Josesito Lopez and we all know what happened to him when he got his first big opportunity."