MICHAEL Fareñas (34-4-4, 28 KOs) had no trouble making the 130-pound limit for his fight against Mexico’s Jesus Rios (26-4-1, 20 KOs) on Friday at Solaire Resort and Casino.
The super featherweight battle is the main event of First Blood: Philippines versus Mexico, the first presentation of MAG Pacman Boxing International Promotions spearheaded by boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, former two-time world champion Gerry Peñalosa, and businessman Anson Tiu-Co.
Fareñas and Rios both tipped the scales at the limit of 130 pounds during Thursday’s official weigh-in of the boxing card presented by Tobi, Boysen, CherrylumE, Siscor Mechanical Fabricators and Cooyeesan Hotel Plaza-Baguio City.
The Filipino is out for a big victory to increase his chances of arranging a title fight against World Boxing Organization (WBO) super featherweight champion Mikey Garcia.
Rios, on the other hand, is out to continue his winning streak after a two-year hiatus from boxing. The Mexican left the sport temporarily after getting knocked out by Genaro Camargo but has since won both his comeback fights.
Dodie Boy Peñalosa (11-0-0, 11 KOs) weighed in at 124 pounds for his fight against Alem Robles (6-3-2, 2 KOs) who tipped the scales at 121 pounds. The two youngsters, just 22 and 21 years old, are trying to gather steam in their budding careers.
Richard Pumicpic (13-5-2, 4 KOs) and Luis Lugo (15-4-2, 11 KOs) also made weight for their super bantamweight showdown. The battle between the two young fighters is expected to be one of the best of the night.