In what is being proclaimed as an event taking place at a capacity crowd or near capacity for Saturday night’s ESPN-televised fight from Fresno, California, promoted by Top Rank Inc, that pits former world champions Jose Ramirez and Richard Commey against each other for one last run at the top of the junior welterweight division. The shocker Commey came in heavy at the ceremonial weigh-in despite fighting at a lower weight for most of his career.
Ramirez weighed in at the junior welterweight limit of 140 lbs even, whereas Commey came in at 140.6 lbs. Commey did make the 140 lbs weight limit in the two-hour span granted to him.
In the co-feature, we will see the only world title fight of the evening as a battle of strawweight champions will take place as WBA world champion Seniesa Estrada weighed 105.2 lbs, a .2 over the championship limit on her first attempt and her opponent who is the WBC champion, Tina Rupprecht, weighed 104.8 lbs. Estrada officially weighed in at 104.2 lbs, so the unification bout is still happening.
“I’m so excited. This is the moment that I’ve dreamed of since I was seven years old. It’s crazy to think about how far I’ve come in this sport and how far this sport has come for women. Who would have thought that a little girl from East L.A. would be unifying titles on ESPN? It’s insane to think about how far I’ve come, and I’m just happy to represent all women in sport on Saturday night,” said Estrada. “I expect Rupprecht to come in there at 100%. I expect her to go in there to win. She’s coming to win. She’s a good fighter. She’s a tough fighter. But I know that I’m different. I’m special, and I’m going to show that on Saturday.”
The television opener will see heavyweight Antonio Mireles comfortably come in at 265.4 lbs, while his opponent Patrick Mailata weighed Patrick Mailata a massive 321.4 lbs. Other notables, making weight lightweight Raymond Muratalla hit the scales at 136.6 as he headlines the ESPN+ prelims, while his opponent Humberto Galindo came in at 136 lbs. Northern California lightweight favorite Charlie Sheehy came in at 134.8 lbs., while Angel Rebollar was 133.4 lbs, many have proclaimed this as the fight of the night. Local-favorite Jessie James Guerrero, of the Guerrero fighting family in Gilroy, California, who sold $20,000 of tickets for this fight weighed 109 lbs, while his opponent was Eduardo Alvarez came in at 108.6 lbs.
“I’m very excited. I knew this would happen. I just didn’t know it would happen now. It’s going to be nice to finally fight in front of a packed crowd on ESPN. It’s crazy that it’s been over a year since I turned pro,” said Antonio Mirles. “It shows how fast time goes by. But compared to where I was last year, I just feel like a completely different fighter. I’ve improved so much. But, I’m also more confident in my abilities.”