Wednesday saw the weigh in for this Thursday's WBC Super Flyweight world title fight from the US. Thankfully both the unbeaten champion Carlos Cuadras (30-0-1, 24) and Filipino challenger Marvin Mabait (19-2-2, 13) comfortably made weight for the bout which is going to be a rare Super Flyweight title bout.
Originally the bout was announced as being between Cuadras and former WBC Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (37-13-5, 27), sadly however Jaro was forced out of the bout after suffering issues with his visa. As a result Mabait took the fight on about 2 weeks notice and we do wonder what his preparation was like. Hopefully it was good enough for him to put in a complete performance against Cuadras though we suspect that he'll come up short.
As well as the WBC Super Flyweight title bout the show will also feature an interesting female bout between Ava Knight and Guadalupe Martinez hopefully helping to give fans in Washington, D.C. A great night of fights.
(Image courtesy of the WBC)
Late on Monday we noticed that the poster for the upcoming WBC Super Flyweight title fight in Washington had changed.
Originally the bout was to be between unbeaten champion Carlos Cuadras (30-0-1, 24) and Filipino journeyman Sonny Boy Jaro (37-13-5, 27). The poster however had replaced Jaro with his countryman Marvin Mabait (19-2-2, 13). At the time we suspected this was an error however in the last few hours we have been reliably informed that Mabait has replaced Jaro for the fight.
Mabait has stepped in with about 10 days notice and in some ways this mirrors Cuadras's first defense in which he was suppoed to fight Jaro, a former WBC Flyweight champion, only to replace him with Jose Salgado about 2 weeks before the bout.
Whilst we under-stand the criticism of fighting Jaro, a man best known for upsetting Pongsaklek Wonjongkam more than 2 years ago, Cuadras deserves more criticism for fighting Mabait on late notice, especially considering that Mabait has been stopped in 2 of his last 5 bouts. That includes a 5th round KO to Alejandro Hernandez in March of this year and a 3rd round TKO loss to Marco Demecillo back in April 2012.
It's a shame that Mabait is getting his shot like this, however we would like to wish him good luck in his unexpected opportunity.
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