Brandon Rios failed to make weight for the second straight fight. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Brandon Rios failed to make weight for the second straight fight today, coming in two pounds heavy at 137 for tomorrow night's fight against Richard Abril in Las Vegas. Rios also missed weight in December, when he fought John Murray, and was forced to vacate his WBA lightweight title.
Tomorrow's fight was to be for the interim WBA belt at 135 pounds, but if Rios cannot make weight within the next hour, he won't be fighting for that title either. There's no possible way that the fight itself is canceled, as it would gut an already iffy pay-per-view card. Rios vs Abril will happen even if Rios can't make weight in the next hour.
"If he comes back and he's still over 135, the fight will still go on," said Keith Kizer of the Nevada commission. Kizer then said he does not believe Rios will make the weight.
Clearly, nutritionist or not, Rios simply cannot make lightweight anymore, and they need to move on. He cannot make the weight. He came up naked for his first attempt because they knew he wasn't going to make it, but they were forced to try and fail in front of everyone anyway. Top Rank's Crystina Poncher tried to get a word with Rios after Lupe Contreras treated it like it was no big deal on the house microphone, but Rios excused himself to use the restroom and looked truly disappointed, like he was trying to laugh but really didn't want to.
In the other co-main event from Mexico City, Juan Manuel Marquez and Serhiy Fedchenko both made the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds with no trouble.
Opening the PPV broadcast will be a lightweight bout between Mercito Gesta and Oscar Cuero, a showcase for Gesta, a talented young Filipino prospect. Both had some wiggle room here, with Cuero weighing in at 138, and Gesta at 137.
Mike Alvarado and Mauricio Herrera both weighed 140 pounds for their 10-round junior welterweight fight.