Weigh in pageantries have always been festive in terms of excitement and hype. And with the unburied hatchet between ring warriors Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista and Heriberto “Cuate” Ruiz, one would expect two very wild and very temper-flared individuals going at it at the staredown. But it was not the case.
On the contrary, both men were very calm and very poised after they registered their poundage and looked at each other straight in the eye. But by the looks on both men’s faces, any fight fan could swear that their quiet encounter before fight night is going to be far from quiet.
Both men will be in a very significant fight for their careers. Bautista, who needs a major victory to get himself back on the world stage, will be defending his IBF featherweight title. A win could be his ticket forward and up in the ranks and have himself another crack for a world championship.
For the Mexican Ruiz, this fight could be very well his chance for another push for a world title. Ruiz has fought in two world title matches and twice fell short on each outing. Pretty much in the winter of his career, triumphing over the power-punching Filipino could raise his stock and potentially earn him another world title shot.
Both fighters understand the gravity of their situation. And if that is so, expect blood and gore. Both are pretty much guaranteed once the opening bell dings.
Ruiz tipped the scales at 126lbs while Batuista registered at 125 ½ lbs.
Other weigh-in updates
In the supporting event, Jayson Pagara tilted at 139 ¾ lbs while opponent Juan Carlos Gallegos of Mexico weighed in on the dot at 140 lbs.
In the supporting undercard, Edrin “The Sting” Dapudong weighed at 113 lbs while undefeated Indonesian flyweight champion Benja Leomoli came in at 110 lbs.
Photo credits: Edito “Ala” Villamor