Earlier today saw the official weigh in for this Saturday's Filipino super show, "Pinoy Pride 28", and rather wonderfully all the title level fighters made weight for their bouts.
The main event of the show will see WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (33-1-4, 19) defending his belt against Mexican fighter Carlos Velarde (26-3-1, 14). On the scales Nietes was 107.5lbs whilst Velarde was bang on the limit at 108lbs. From what we understand this will be Nietes's last bout as a Light Flyweight before he joins the fray at Flyweight strangely however this is his lightest weight since he defended the WBO Minimumweight title against Mario Rodriguez more than 4 years ago. As for Velarde this is his first title bout at Light Flyweight though he has fought as high as Flyweight in the past. In his previous title bouts Velarde has fought Minimumweight with the most notable of his title bouts being his WBA Minimumweight title bout with Ryo Miyazaki last year, which ended with Miyazaki scoring a KO of the year contender.
In an IBF Light Flyweight title eliminator it was Milan Melindo (31-1, 12) who was the heavier man on the scales weighing in at 107.5lbs for his bout against Saul Juarez (20-3, 11) who was 107lbs. As for the IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title bout between defending champion Albert Pagara (21-0, 15) and Raul Hirales (22-3-1, 11) both man weighed the same, bang on the 122lb limit.
An interesting non-title bout at Featherweight saw AJ Banal (31-2-1, 22) weigh in at 124.5lb marginally less than Thai foe Maxsaisai Sithsaithong (15-5, 4), who was 125lbs on the scales. The Thai enters this bout seeking his second win following a failed OPBF title challenge back in June whilst Banal will be hoping to move towards a world title bout. Back at Light Flyweight recent world champion Merlito Sabillo (23-1-1, 12) came in at 107lbs, the exact same as Indonesian foe Faris Nenggo (8-6-3, 2) who has been selected as an easy for foe Sabillo following his painful loss to Francisco Rodriguez Jr (16-2, 11) earlier this year. Having just mentioned Rodriguez Jr he was 113lbs for his bout with Jomar Fajardo (14-5-1, 7), who was 112lbs himself. The weight from the Mexican visitor is telling seems to indicate that he won't be returning to Minimumweight, a division in which he holds both the IBF and WBO titles following wins over Sabillo for the WBO belt and, more recently, Katsunari Takayama for the IBF title.
As well as the bouts mentioned the show will also feature several undercard bouts.
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