Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez are in shape and ready to go, and tomorrow night's HBO PPV main event is set. Both fighters made weight this evening at an overflowing Mandalay Bay ballroom, with Cotto weighing in at 153½ and Alvarez at the catchweight limit of 155.
Cotto (40-4, 33 KO) is defending his lineal middleweight championship, even though the WBC stripped him of their belt earlier this week. Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO) is a former titleholder at 154, and looking to become a lineal champion for the first time.
The ultimate hope is that the winner of this fight will face Gennady Golovkin, thought by most to be the true top middleweight in the sport today, but both sides have sort of backed off of committing to that. Still, this is a big time fight between a couple of legitimate stars, and figures to be good entertainment.
Of course, BLH will have live coverage tomorrow night, so make sure you join us!
Guillermo Rigondeaux and Drian Francisco both made weight for their 10-round super bantamweight bout, with Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KO) at 121½ and Francisco (28-3-1, 22 KO) at 121. In our book, the super bantamweight champion is defending his title tomorrow night, no matter what the WBA or WBO say.
In the PPV opener, Jayson Velez (23-0-1, 16 KO) will meet Ronny Rios (24-1, 10 KO) in a 10-round featherweight fight. Both fighters weighed in at 125½.
The WBC super featherweight belt is on the line tomorrow, too, with Takashi Miura (29-2-2, 22 KO) defending against Francisco Vargas (22-0-1, 16 KO). Miura weighed in at the limit of 130, with Vargas at 129½.
Preliminary fight weights
Before the PPV, a couple of fights will stream live online, and you can watch here at BLH. There was to be a world title fight on this portion of the show, and there still will be, sort of -- Randy Caballero (22-0, 13 KO) badly missed weight for what was to be his first IBF bantamweight title defense, coming in at 123½ pounds, five and a half pounds over the limit. He's been out of action for over a year due to surgery to remove a cyst from his lower right leg, and it appears in that time frame he outgrew the 118-pound division. Lee Haskins (32-3, 14 KO) can still win the belt by winning the fight, as he weighed in at 117½.
In heavyweight action, China's Zhilei Zhang (5-0, 3 KO) weighed in at 267 pounds, with Juan Goode (6-2, 5 KO) at 244 pounds for their four-round showcase bout.