The boxers who fight Friday at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino In Indio on Friday weighed in today(Jan 10) are set to go following Thursday’s official weigh-in.
Rising featherweight star Ronny Rios (19-0, 9 KO’s), of Santa Ana, Calif., and former WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion Rico Ramos (21-1, 11 KO’s), of Los Angeles, who clash in a 10-round bout for the vacant NABF Featherweight Championship in the ShoBox main event, made weight on their first attempts. Both weighed 125.4 pounds.
Unbeaten light middleweights Daquan Arnett (9-0, 6 KO’s), of Orlando, Fla., and Brandon Quarles (10-0-1, 2 KO’s) of Alexandria, Va., meet in the eight-round co-feature at Fantasy Springs. Quarles made the weight (153.2 pounds). Arnett came in heavy; his official weight at 155.8 pounds.
The doubleheader will be seen during a Free Preview Weekend on Showtime that begins Friday and runs through Sunday, Jan. 13.
Popular local favorite and NABO Bantamweight Champion Randy Caballero (17-0, 9 KO’s), of Coachella, Calif., will be opposed by Luis Maldonado (38-9-1, 29 KO’s), of Mexicali, Mex., in the top non-televised match. Caballero weighed 121 pounds for the 10-round scrap; Maldonado 121.6.
Below is what the fighters said Thursday:
“The way I see it, fighting on ShoBox can be a life-changing experience for me. It can be the start of many more fights on television. I’ve seen guys start on ShoBox and then go to Showtime Championship Boxing and that’s what I’m confident can happen to me.
“This is such a tremendous opportunity and I’m as ready as I can be. I’m anxious but not nervous at all. The key for me is to stay calm and collected, stay focused on my strengths and capitalize on his mistakes.
“This should be an action fight. I know I want it to be exciting -- that’s the kind of fights people want to see. Neither of us are one-punch knockout guys so we have to find other ways to entertain the fans.
“I plan to press the action and work the body. Rico is a great fighter and we’ve known each other for years, but this is my opportunity to make a statement and a name for myself. You can’t ask for a better platform that this, fighting on Showtime on a weekend when you can watch it for free.”