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Emmanuel Rodriguez-Melvin Lopez: Weigh-In Results From Oxon Hill, Maryland

Maryland, (Qnnflash) – Emmanuel Rodriguez faced a slight hurdle in making weight for his bantamweight championship match against Melvin Lopez. Initially stepping on the scale at 118.2 pounds, Rodriguez promptly shed his clothes and successfully met the contractual requirement by weighing in at the bantamweight limit of 118 pounds for their “Showtime Championship Boxing” main event scheduled for Saturday night.

Melvin Lopez’s first attempt had him weigh 117 pounds for their 12-round, 118-pound title fight at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Puerto Rico’s Rodriguez, aged 31, aims to reclaim the IBF bantamweight championship he lost to Naoya Inoue four years ago. Inoue of Japan (25-0, 22 KOs) knocked out Rodriguez in the second round of their May 2019 bout in Glasgow, Scotland. Inoue has since moved up to the 122-pound division, relinquishing the IBF, WBA, WBC, and WBO 118-pound titles.

Rodriguez (21-2, 13 KOs, 1 NC) holds the IBF’s second-ranking position in the bantamweight division, while Nicaragua’s Lopez (29-1, 19 KOs) is ranked third by the IBF. The top position in the IBF’s rankings currently remains vacant.

The official weights for the upcoming fights that Showtime will stream and televise before the Rodriguez-Lopez match are as follows:

Showtime Main Card (9 p.m. EDT; 6 p.m. PDT)

  1. Gary Antuanne Russell (16-0, 16 KOs), Capitol Heights, Maryland: 138.4 pounds vs. Kent Cruz (16-0-3, 10 KOs), St. Louis: 142.6 pounds, 10 rounds, junior welterweights. (Note: Cruz came in 2.6 pounds over the contracted 140-pound limit and had an hour to lose the required weight.)
  2. Travon Marshall (8-0, 7 KOs), Capitol Heights, Maryland: 146.8 pounds vs. Gabriel Maestre (5-0-1, 4 KOs), Barcelona, Venezuela: 146.6 pounds, 10 rounds, welterweights.

Showtime Sports’ YouTube Channel (6:30 p.m. EDT; 3:30 p.m. PDT)

  1. Michael Angeletti (8-0, 7 KOs), Spring, Texas: 117.8 pounds vs. Jonathan Lopez (8-0-2, 4 KOs), Humacao, Puerto Rico: 118 pounds, 8 rounds, bantamweights.
  2. Jose Benavidez Jr. (27-2-1, 18 KOs), Phoenix: 158.6 pounds vs. Sladan Janjanin (36-15, 26 KOs), Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina: 160.6 pounds, 10 rounds, middleweights.
  3. Damien Vazquez (16-3-1, 9 KOs), Las Vegas: 120 pounds vs. Jeronil Borres (12-8-2, 6 KOs), Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines: 121.6 pounds, 8 rounds, junior featherweights.
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