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Jesse Rodriguez and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai make weight for WBC 115-pound title bout

Jesse Rodriguez and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai pose after weighing in for their fight at the Tech Port Arena in San Antonio. Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

SAN ANTONIO – Both Jesse Rodriguez and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai made weight ahead of Saturday’s WBC junior bantamweight title fight.

Rodriguez and Rungvisai both weighed in at 114.6 pounds.

The 22-year-old Rodriguez will make the first defense of his WBC belt against Sor Rungvisai at the Tech Port Arena in his hometown. The 12-round title bout will headline a four-bout DAZN stream (8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT).

Rodriguez (15-0, 10 knockouts) and Rungvisai are two of the best junior bantamweights. Rungvisai and Rodriguez are ranked No. 1 and No. 5, respectively, by The Ring.

Rodriguez won the vacant WBC title by defeating Carlos Cuadras by unanimous decision in his last bout on February 5. Cuadras was originally scheduled to face Rungvisai for the title, but faced Rodriguez instead, as Rungvisai had to withdraw from the fight due to a non-COVID 19 illness. Rodriguez was scheduled to fight Fernando Diaz in a junior flyweight bout on the same card, but agreed to the fight after being presented with the offer to face Cuadras.

Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43 KOs), who resides in Si Sa Ket, Thailand, has won his last three bouts since losing to Juan Francisco Estrada in April 2019.

In the co-feature, Murodjon Akhmadaliev (10-0, 7 KOs), of Uzbekistan, will defend his IBF and WBA titles against Ronny Rios (33-3, 16 KOs) in a 12-round bout.

Akhmadaliev weighed in at 121.2 pounds. Rios, who resides in Santa Ana, California, weighed in at 121.8 pounds.

Jessica McCaskill (11-2, 4 KOs) of Chicago will defend her Ring Magazine championship and undisputed welterweight titles against Mexico’s Alma Ibarra in a 10-round bout.

McKaskill weighed in at 144 pounds, while Ibarra weighed 144.4 pounds.

In the opening bout of the DAZN stream, unbeaten featherweights Raymond Ford (11-0-1, 6 KOs) of Camden, New Jersey and San Antonio’s Ricky Medina (13-0, 7 KOs) will square off in a 10-round bout. Ford weighed in at 125.8 pounds. Medina weighed 125.4 pounds.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing