By Jake Donovan, photos by Steve Lopez
All combatants for Showtime’s televised tripleheader successfully made weight in advance of Saturday’s show at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Andre Berto and Jesus-Soto Karass both came in at the welterweight limit of 147 lb. in a main event that offers must-win stakes for each side of the equation.
Berto (28-2, 22KO) has lost two of his last three, the latter a 12-round decision to Roberto Guerrero last November. The showdown with Guerrero was preceded by a 14-month layoff, most of which was due to a canceled rematch with Victor Ortiz after being caught with a banned substance during pre-fight random drug testing.
Soto-Karass (27-8-3, 17KO) has won three of his last four, including a 10-round majority decision win over Selcuk Aydin this past January, which also aired on Showtime. The career-resurrecting win came on the heels of an 8th round knockout loss to streaking welterweight Marcos Maidana last September.
The televised co-feature is the most appealing the Texas crowd, as Weslaco-based knockout artist Omar Figueroa faces Japan’s Nihito Arakawa in an interim lightweight title fight.
Figueroa (21-0-1, 17KO) and Arakawa (24-2-1, 16KO) both came in at the lightweight divisional limit of 135 lb.
The Showtime-televised opener featured the greatest amount of friction as the scales, as Keith Thurman and Diego Chaves traded hard stares after both making weight for their welterweight title fight.
Chaves (22-0, 18KO) weighed in at 146¼ lb for the second defense of his interim welterweight bout, one that also serves as his Showtime-televised debut and just his second career fight outside of his native Argentina.
Thurman (20-0, 18KO) hit the scales at a lean and ready 146 lb. for his first title fight.
Also, super middleweighst Anthony Dirrell and Anthony Hanshaw will battle.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America.