Friday, March 24, 2023  |



Rocky Juarez, Robinson Castellanos make weight for featherweight clash


Rocky Jaurez and rival Robinson Castellanos weighed 125.25 and 124.75 pounds in advance of Monday’s WBC featherweight title eliminator scheduled for the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas.

In a Golden Boy Live! event to be televised on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes, Juarez (30-10-1, 21 knockouts) of Houston and Castellanos (20-10, 13 KOs) of Mexico will fight for the right to face RING No. 1-rated WBC titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez.

An Olympic silver medalist in 2000 and a former title challenger, Juarez, 34, ended a nearly two-year ring absence with a unanimous decision over Rene Alvarado in May. Castellanos, 32, scored a shocking fifth-round knockout over previously unbeaten Ronny Rios in October. Prior to Rios, Castellanos had suffered a ninth-round stoppage loss to Alvarado in April that ended his run of 11 consecutive wins, seven by way of knockout.

For the undercard, junior welterweight prospect KeAndre Gibson (11-0-1, 5 KOs) and and Nelson Lara (15-6-5, 8 KOs) weighed 143.25 and 144.25. Gibson, 24, of St. Louis, was last in action for a split decision over Jose Hernandez in August, while Lara (15-6-5, 8 KOs), 31, suffered his third straight stoppage loss in an eighth-round technical knockout to Fidel Maldonado Jr. in September.

Below are the weights for the remaining bouts on the seven-fight card.

Javier Rodriguez 125.75, Quinice Wesby 126

Arturo Esquivel 129, Jesus Sandoval 128

Christian Santibanez 133.75, Alberto Romero 134.5

Armando Cardenas 147, Alberto Espinoza 144.75

Robert Vela 133.75, Ramiro Torres 130.5