Fernando Montiel and Jesus Rios both made weight for their scheduled 10-round showdown, which takes place Saturday evening in Chiapas, Mexico.
Both fighters came in at the contracted limit of 127 lb.; the fight, which headlines on TV Azteca, is declared a featherweight bout, with a +/- 1 lb. allowance.
Montiel (51-4-2, 35KOs) ventures into featherweight waters for the second straight fight, as the 35-year old remains in search of a title in his fourth weight class. A former titlist at flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight, Montiel saw mixed results come of his 122 lb. campaign, losing a 12-round decision to Vic Terrazas in Nov. '11, in his most notable fight at that weight.
Five straight wins have since followed heading into Saturday's headliner. Odds are in Montiel's favor to make it six in a row; Rios (30-5-1, 24KOs) lacks a single significant win, and has been stopped in each of his five career losses.
The evening's co-feature is a scheduled 10-round junior flyweight bout between former strawweight titlist Mario Rodriguez (17-9-1, 11KOs) takes on countryman Junior Granados (12-1-1, 8KOs), who is winless in his last two bouts. Both fighters weighed in at the junior flyweight limit of 108 lb.
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