Brandon Rios vs. Mauricio Herrera at Max Weight of 141

By Ryan Burton ran into junior welterweight contender Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7KOs) at today's public workout for Timothy Bradley (30-0-1, 22KOs) as he prepares for his June 9th pay-per-view showdown against Manny Pacquiao.

Herrera said that he has verbally agreed to face Brandon Rios on July 7th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA and that he is just waiting on the contract.  He also disclosed that the fight will be fought at a maximum of 141 pounds.

Rios, who is moving up from the lightweight division, has failed to make weight in his past two fights which were contracted to be fought at the 135 pound limit. Herrera said that he isn't worried about Rios making weight for their fight.

"The fight will be fought at 141 pounds," stated Herrera. "I know he had trouble making weight at 135 but I think he will be okay making this weight. If he doesn't then we will worry about it when it happens," Herrera told

Herrera had a successful 2011 as he reeled off upset victories over Ruslan Provodnikov and Mike Dallas. He also put on a gutsy performance in a decision loss to Mike Alvarado this past April in a fight that appeared closer than the scorecards indicated.    

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tlarry on 05-25-2012

Listen Rios moved up in weight to fight at 135, then couldn't make THAT weight, looked lousy in the fight as well, struggling to dominate a no-name tomato can of a fighter. So OBVIOUSLY Rios hasn't been training that well,…

Comment by SpeedKillz on 05-25-2012

lol rios will get taken to school by herrera and alvarado. rios cannot handle anyone at that weight. moving up in weight, you need skills to go along with that power, and if he doesnt bring that power up with…

Comment by 4Corners on 05-25-2012

Apparently they are talking about doing a Alvarado-Provodnikov and Vazquez Jr-R. Marquez card this summer in Denver. Hopefully if Alvarado an Rios win, they can fight this fall. That has FOY written all over it.

Comment by Boskop on 05-25-2012

Everyone is afraid of Alvarado now. Herrera will school Rios at that weight and I dont understand why Rios is not moving up to 147, afraid to lose some of his power?

Comment by BoxerDood on 05-25-2012

It doesn't surprise me at all that he's fighting at 141. This fat mother f*cker looked drained at 139. Rios by UD.

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