By Joel Colon/Tom Casino
The weights are in for the Showtime televised card on Saturday night in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. In the main event, Danny Garcia makes the first defense of his lineal 140 lb. championship (fifth overall alphabet title defense) against Mauricio Herrera.
Garcia (27-0, 16KO) weighed in at 139.75 lb., and Herrera was Herrera (20-3, 7KO) was 139.25 lb. The co-feature pits former sparring partners against one another in a 12-round heavyweight elimination bout.
Unbeaten knockout artist Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30KO) squares off versus Malik Scott. Wilder, the last American male boxer to capture an Olympic medal, weighed in at 227 lb. Scott, who showed up to the weigh-in with a bag over his head with the slogan "Get Ya Popcorn Ready", came in at 238 lb.
On the undercard, former champs Daniel Ponce de Leon and Juan Manuel 'Juanma' Lopez square off in a rematch to their 2008 encounter. Lopez won his first major title in their June '08 encounter, knocking out Ponce de Leon inside of a round. Juanma weighed in at 129 lb. for Saturday's encounter. Ponce de Leon was slightly lighter at 128.75 lb.