Featherweights Gary Russell Jr and Vasyl Lomachenko both successfully made weight today for their big clash on Saturday night on Showtime from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Lomachenko and Russell Jr both came in at 125.5lbs for their fight for the vacant featherweight title.
Former two division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero weighed in at 146lbs for his fight against Yoshihiro Kamegai. There isn’t a title on the line for the fight, as neither of them are ranked high enough for a strap to be up for grabs. Kamegai weighed 146.75lbs. The Guerrero-Kamegai is the main event on the card, believe it or not.
The reason for that is the fact that Guerrero is better known than Russell Jr and Lomachenko due to his huge fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr last year in May at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Guerrero lost that fight by a 12 round decision, and he’s not fought since. Guerrero was hoping that Mayweather would fight him again, but when that failed to happen he just ended up having wasted a ton of time.
Coming off of a defeat at the hands of Shawn Porter, former IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander weighed in at 148.2lbs for his fight against Jesus Soto Karass. For his part, Soto Karass weighed in at 148 for their fight at junior middleweight.
“Skills pay the bills but if I see the knockout and I smell blood, I’m going for it,” Alexander said.
Alexander looked terrible in getting dominated by Porter. The way that he lost that fight, it suggested that he could never beat Porter no matter how many times the two of them fought in the future.
Lomachenko said that he will “Throw more punches” against Russell Jr tomorrow night, and use “much more movement.”
Let’s hope that Lomachenko also holds a lot less, because he was clinching for all he was worth in his recent loss to Orlando Salido last March. Lomachenko was grabbing to the point where he arguably should have been disqualified by the referee. “Gary Russell can say whatever he wants but he has to do it in the ring and that’s not going to happen,” said Lomachenko.
Russell plans on using his blazing hand speed to dominate the slower, bigger Lomachenko, saydin that he will show “speed, power, explosiveness and a tremendous amount of ring IQ.”