Champ Nietes easily makes cut as challenger Reveco nearly fails to make weight for title bout
Donnie Nietes and his opponent Juan Carlos Reveco are set for battle. Jhay Otamias

JUAN Carlos Reveco encountered some trouble making weight for his International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title match against defending champion Donnie Nietes.

He could find himself in an even deeper bind come Sunday.

Nietes, 34, easily tipped the 112-lbs. limit and declared himself ready when he stakes his title for the first time against Reveco in the undercard of the ‘SuperFly2’ fight card at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

The Filipino weighed 111.6 lbs. in Saturday’s official weigh-in, in which Reveco, also 34, came in over at 112.2 lbs.

The Argentinian challenger was given an hour to shed off the excess weight and finally came in at exactly 112 lbs. by the time he returned to their weighing scale.

“Ready na po sir,” said Nietes (40-1, 22 KOs) on the eve of the match.

Reveco (39-3, 19 KOs) downplayed his weight struggle and vowed to dethrone the reigning champion in his bid to win a third world title.

Brian Viloria also showed up at the weigh-in in superb condition as he vies for a fifth world title against unbeaten Artem Dalakian.

The 37-year-old Fil-Am (38-5, 22 KOs) came in at 111.4 lbs. for the 12-round fight where the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight crown will be at stake.

“I have been doing this for a long time and I still love boxing,” he said. “For me, boxing is a lifestyle. I don’t consider it work at all, so long as I feel good and I get opportunities I will continue to work hard and be ready.”

Dalakian (15-0, 11 KOs) of Ukraine also weighed 111.4 lbs and vowed to expose Viloria as nothing but a fading fighter.

“Brian Viloria is a good boxer and was a champion, but his time is up,” said the 30-year-old Ukranian, who is fighting in the U.S. for the first time.

“I’m going to the United States to become a world champion and to prove to everyone that I’m the best.”

The main bout of the HBO Boxing After Dark offering will feature World Boxing Council (WBC) super-flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisal of Thailand (43-4-1, 39 KOs) against challenger Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2, 25 KOs) of Mexico.

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