FRISCO, Texas – Mikey Garcia came in a pound-and-a-half below the limit for his welterweight fight against Jessie Vargas, just as he did for his 147-pound debut last year.
Garcia officially weighed in at 145½ pounds late Friday morning when he stepped on the Texas Combative Sports Program’s scale. Vargas, who’s about four inches taller than Garcia, came in exactly at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds.
They’ll meet Saturday night in a 12-rounder that’ll headline a nine-bout card DAZN will stream live from Ford Center at The Star, the Dallas Cowboys’ training center.
Garcia, 32, will fight for the first time since Errol Spence Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) thoroughly out-boxed him in their 12-round fight for Spence’s IBF welterweight title last March 16 at AT&T Stadium, where the Cowboys play their home games.
Vargas, 30, will end a 10-month layoff of his own. The former junior welterweight and welterweight champion knocked out Mexican veteran Humberto Soto (69-10-2, 37 KOs) in the sixth round of his last fight, April 26 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Handicappers have installed Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs), of Moreno Valley, California, as at least a 4-1 favorite to beat Las Vegas’ Vargas (29-2-2, 11 KOs).
Below are the weights for each of the eight Garcia-Vargas undercard fights:
Kal Yafai (26-0, 15 KOs), Birmingham, England, 114½ pounds vs. Roman Gonzalez (48-2, 40 KOs), Managua, Nicaragua, 114½ pounds, 12 rounds for Yafai’s WBA world super flyweight title.
Julio Cesar Martinez (15-1, 12 KOs, 1 NC), Mexico City, 111¼ pounds vs. Jay Harris (17-0, 9 KOs), Swansea, Wales, 111½ pounds, 12 rounds for the WBC flyweight title.
Joseph Parker (26-2, 20 KOs), South Auckland, New Zealand, 245¼ pounds vs. Shawndell Winters (13-2, 12 KOs), Harvey, Illinois, 208 pounds, 10 rounds, heavyweights.
Israil Madrimov (4-0, 4 KOs), Khiva, Uzbekistan, 153¼ pounds vs. Charlie Navarro (29-9, 22 KOs), Maturin, Venezuela, 153¼ pounds, 10 rounds, WBA super welterweight elimination match.
Jesse Rodriguez (10-0, 6 KOs), San Antonio, 111 pounds vs. Marco Sustaita (12-2-1, 10 KOs), Oceanside, California, 110½ pounds, 10 rounds, flyweights.
Diego Pacheco (8-0, 7 KOs), Los Angeles, 167¼ pounds vs. Oscar Riojas (21-12-1, 10 KOs), Monterrey, Mexico, 167¼ pounds, 6 rounds, super middleweights.
Leo Acevedo (6-0, 4 KOs), San Bernardino, California, 153 pounds vs. Dennis Knifechief (12-11-1, 7 KOs), Shawnee, Oklahoma, 154½ pounds, 6 rounds, junior middleweights.
Alexis Espino (5-0, 4 KOs), Las Vegas, 165 pounds vs. Delvecchio Savage (3-5-1, 3 KOs), Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 163½ pounds, 6 rounds, super middleweights.
Once each fighter made weight, Matchroom Boxing USA, the promoter of the event, provided them with a bag that contained a banana, an orange, protein bars and a bottle of Pedialyte so that they could begin the rehydration process properly. DAZN will stream a re-enactment of the official weigh-in from the Tostitos Plaza outside Ford Center at The Star at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.