Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez has comfortably grown into his new role as a top junior bantamweight.

The unbeaten WBC 115-pound titlist was a little heavier than challenger and former two-time champ Srisaket Sor Rungvisai for their 30-day safety weight check ahead of their upcoming title fight. Rodriguez (15-0, 11KOs) weighed 125 pounds for the WBC-mandated weigh-in, while Sor Rungvisai was 124 ½ pounds in his bid to become a three-time champ when they meet June 25 on DAZN from Tech Port Arena in Rodriguez’s San Antonio, Texas hometown.

Per WBC rules, participants cannot weigh more than 10% above the contracted limit, rounded up to the nearest whole pound. Rodriguez and Sor Rungvisai were both required to weigh no more than 127 pounds at this point, barely above Rodriguez’s walkaround weight—though a full-fledged junior bantamweight, nevertheless.

“I feel good at 115,” Rodriguez told “I’m here to stay. This title isn’t going anywhere.”

Rodriguez claimed the belt in a twelve-round decision win over Mexico’s Carlos Cuadras this past February 5 at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Texas. Rodriguez accepted the fight on six days’ notice, replacing Thailand’s Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43KOs) who fell ill upon arriving in Phoenix a week prior to his planned rematch with Cuadras.

The last-minute opportunity for Rodriguez meant moving up in weight, having previously campaigned at junior flyweight and who was preparing for a flyweight fight on the February 5 DAZN show. The offer to fight in the main event for a title at a higher weight was accepted without hesitation.

“I was more than ready for the opportunity,” Rodriguez noted. “I only had to lose like five pounds. That was the best part. I rehydrated to about 130.”

The next weight checks will take place at 14 days out from fight night and then seven days. Rodriguez and Sor Rungvisai are required to weigh no more than 121 pounds (5% rounded up to the nearest whole pound) at the 14-day mark and no heavier than 119 pounds (3% and rounded up) at the seven-day point.

Rodriguez attempts the first defense of his title. Sor Rungvisai enters his first title fight since losing a rematch to Juan Francisco Estrada (42-3, 28KOs)—the current lineal/WBA champ in April 2019, fourteen months after outpointing Estrada in February 2018. Sor Rungvisai’s first title reign ended in a May 2014 loss to Cuadras, regaining the belt in March 2017 in an upset win over then-unbeaten pound-for-pound king Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (50-3, 41KOs).

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox