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Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland

INDIO, CA — HBO Boxing After Dark’s first card of 2017 is set for tomorrow night as all the fighters were on target for today’s weigh-in.

Former WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura tipped the scales at 129.8, his lowest since weighing 129.5 in a 2013 decision win over Sergio Thompson. His opponent, Miguel Roman, came in at 129.2. Tomorrow’s fight will be Miura’s first U.S. appearance since losing by ninth round knockout to Francisco Vargas in 2015’s Fight of the Year.

Vargas, who main events the card, weighed in at 129.6. The challenger for his WBC super featherweight crown, Miguel Berchelt, came in at 129.8

Saturday night’s card airs live on HBO at 10 p.m. ET.




Watch the live stream this afternoon for Francisco Vargas and Orlando Salido, who face off tomorrow in a surefire war and potential Fight of the Year on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. The stream opens at 4 p.m. ET and tomorrow’s contest airs at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Matthysse decision's Provodnikov in a war

A new champion will be crowned October 3 when top contenders Lucas Matthysse and Viktor Postol clash for the vacant WBC light welterweight title.

Postol comes into the bout undefeated (27-0, 11 KOs) with an impressive HBO performance in being the first man to knock out Selchuk Aydin last year. Postol followed up with an eight-round unanimous decision over Jake Giuriceo. Matthysse, who’s on a three-fight win/KO streak since losing to Danny Garcia in September 2013, believes Postol to be one-dimensional.

“Postol isn’t anything big; he boxes well but that’s it,” said Matthysse. “I saw part of his fight against Selcuk Aydin but other than that there aren’t very many videos of him on the Internet. I’m not taking him lightly though, because he’s at the top of the rankings for a reason.”

Out of his recent opponents, Matthysse sees Postol having physical similarities to John Molina, the fighter that Matthysse knocked out in 2014’s consensus Fight of the Year.

“Postol is tall like John Molina, but Molina came to fight,” Matthyysse reflected. “Postol, I don’t think so. He moves his left very well, fights at a distance, seems fast on his feet, and has excellent head movement. Against Aydin he got off to a slow start but then dominated and got the knockout. He’s good, but I’m confident that I’ll be the WBC World Champion.”

Matthysse is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ruslan Provodnikov. The 31-year-old Postol will be receiving the first title shot of his eight year career.

“I am glad that I am finally getting my chance to fight for the WBC world title after all those hurdles and delays,” said Viktor Postol. “To get to this fight I had to go through 6 years of hard work and dedication in the gym and in the ring. I am ready mentally and physically to win this fight and bring the world title back to the Ukraine!”

Matthysse vs. Postol will air on HBO’s Boxing After Dark live from Carson, California’s StubHub Center at 10:15 p.m. ET.

Weigh-in Walters vs Marriaga

Photos Courtesy Will Hart/HBO

NEW YORK CITY — “The Axe Man” Nicholas Walters will be making his Madison Square Garden debut on Saturday sans the WBA featherweight title after failing to make weight on Friday against Miguel Marriaga.

On his first try, Walters came in at 127.4. He was given two hours to make weight but could only get down to 127. Marriaga made weight at 125.2. While Marriaga is still competing for the title, the belt will be vacated should Walters win. Walters won the vacant title in 2012 with a seventh round KO of Daniel Prescott. His reign had two successful KO defenses over Vic Darchinyan and Nonito Donaire.

The opening lightweight HBO bout features rising Puerto Rican prospect Felix Verdejo against Ivan Najera. Verdejo tipped the scales at 133, and Najera at 131.4.

The Boxing After Dark card airs Saturday June 13 at 10 p.m. ET.


Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/HBO

The weights are in for the fight many are hoping will be a definitive, Fight of the Year level conclusion to the rivalry between Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios.

Mike Alvarado: 146.5 lbs.

Brandon Rios: 146.75 lbs.

PREDICTION: If you’re an optimist, you’re banking on a fight similar to Ali-Frazier III in the sense of two warriors being past prime but having the perfect style contrast to put on a breath-taking battle. Unfortunately, the main difference here is at least one fighter, Mike Alvarado, is beyond past prime and into “shot fighter” territory. Rios hasn’t looked good in his last two bouts against Manny Pacquiao and Diego Chaves. And in the Manny bout, Rios took sustained punishment. But Alvarado has take considerable beatings in his last two against Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez.

In the training videos that surfaced, Alvarado appeared lethargic. Vocally, he sounds like an old man battling pneumonia. At this stage, I don’t believe he has the stamina nor discipline needed to replicate the boxer-puncher strategy he executed in the second fight. Rios will drag Alvarado into another war where Bam Bam prove again to be the more durable fighter. RIOS TKO6


Gilberto Ramirez: 170.5 lbs.

Maxim Vlasov: 170 lbs.

PREDICTION: Ramirez is 23 and this is being framed as a coming-out party due to his pedestrian competition down in Mexico. On the other hand, Maxim Vlasov has been in there with Isaac Chilemba (his only defeat) and recently journeyman Derrick Findley, Vlasov is tall, rangy and very active with his offense. An upset wouldn’t be shocking, but Martinez’s strength, particularly his body punching, should pay dividends against a guy who likes to exchange. MARTINEZ UD10



This is going to be a great fight, I promise you it will not go the distance, one way or the other. – BERNARD HOPKINS

BROOKLYN, NY — The fighters for the December 6 HBO triple-header completed their final media workouts yesterday. Also airing along with Lemiuex-Rosado will be Hugo Centeno against James De La Rosa, and a potential sleeper in Hank Lundy taking on Thomas Dulorme.

The card airs on “Boxing After Dark” at 10 p.m. ET.



Watch the live stream of the full weigh-in for the July 26 HBO “Boxing After Dark” featuring Bryant Jennings vs. Mike Perez, and Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale. The stream opens at 12:30 p.m. ET and will include undercard fighters.