On Friday evening, the Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, Calif. will be hosting the Mayweather Promotion Group in association with Showtime Boxing, while just across the border in Tijuana, the Salon Mezzanine venue will have the Borizteca Boxing Management Group back for their umpteenth show. Having your show on the same night will of course draw comparisons as far as entertainment value – how competitive the matches were, how dazzling were the lovely ring card gals, the video with it’s highlights, plus the blow by blow comments from the reporters at ringside. How else are they going to get better if we don’t critique their work?
Thursday, February 23, 2017’s weigh-in results from Pechanga:
Super welterweight, 5’10” southpaw, 26-year-old Christopher Pearson from Trotwood, Ohio (14-1, 152.8 lbs.) vs 23-year-old, 6’1″ Justin “The Chosen One” DeLoach (16-1, 151.8 lbs.) from Augusta, Georgia appears to be a great match-up. However, the Pearson loss to 33-year-old Eric Walker should draw a red flag. CompuBox Statistics of power punches landed and thrown: Walker 308 of 623, Pearson just 125 of 236.
The 23-year-old, 5’8″ Saul “Kid Dinamita” Rodriguez (20-0-1, 15 KOs, 133.8 lbs.) from Riverside, Calif. will be facing his toughest opponent to date when he meets 29-year-old, 5’5″ Oscar Bravo (22-6, 10 KOs, 132.8 lbs.) a nine-year veteran from Santiago de Chile, Chile. After losing all three of his matches in 2014, Bravo took a sabbatical from the sport and returned in January of 2016. He then took the rest of 2016 off, so this will be his first fight back after taking the second sabbatical from boxing, one that lasted a year and 40 days.
Ranked #3 in the U. S., the 27-year-old Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (13-0, 11 KOs, 6’1″ tall, 196.2 lbs.) from the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas will be challenged by the 34-year-old Quantis Graves (11-0-2, 198.8 lbs.) from Beaumont, Texas. After checking over the quality of past opponents, it appears the sharpshooter Tabiti should win easily.
As you can see from this UTube video Tabiti is special and you can easily see that in his mitt work with Floyd Mayweather Sr.
Lionell Thompson 177.6 lbs. vs Steve Lovett (weight not available)
The 27-year-old Sanjarbek Rakhmanov (6-0-1, 146.4 lbs.) from Las Vegas by way of Andijan, Uzbekistan will be going up against 25-year-old Jose Marrufo (10-5-2, 141.6 lbs.) from Phoenix, Arizona by way of Aqua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. After discovering that Marrufo has had all those fights, this one should go in the toss-up column.
The 23-year-old Cameron Kreal (9-12-2, 1 KO) 5’9″ tall, 147 lbs. from Las Vegas will be taking on 24-year-old Todd Manuel (12-12-1, 146.6 lbs.) from Rayne, Louisiana. It’s tough to tell which boxer is better since both have fought such an incredibly difficult schedule.
The 22-year-old, 155 lb. Oluwafemi Oyeleye, a middleweight from Los Angeles by way of Nigeria is taking on Adan Ahumada (0-1), the very same 155 lbs. First impression, the taller Oyeleye from a more difficult background looks to be the leaner, hungrier fighter.
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
Venue: Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Attending Thursday’s weigh-ins in Temecula were Lou Messina of the Borizteca Boxing Management Group and veteran trainer/boxer Chuck Wissmiller from San Diego by way of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Early on in his career, Wissmiller helped train both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Sr. Soon after the weigh-ins, boxing journalist Elie Seckbach interviewed both Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Wissmiller.