The scene is set for Sunday’s complement of Crypto.com Arena brawls.
It was increasingly sweltering outside the J.W. Marriot at L.A. Live on Saturday morning. But inside things were calm, cool and uneventful.
Weigh-ins for tomorrow’s clash of titans went as scheduled. Aside from a remarkably brief bluster between Isaac Cruz and Eduardo Ramirez, the mood was jovial.
That particular WBC Lightweight Title Eliminator bout is one of a few fights that make this an intriguing card.
One of significant note is the comeback kid Abner Mares. Four years removed from last fighting due to a detached retina in his right eye, Mares will be entering the ring at 134.25 pounds.
He matches up very well with Miguel Flores (134.75 pounds).
Through camp Mares has looked every bit the fighter he used to be. Now it’s one thing to be relaxed and smooth in training and quite another to bring the same ferocity into Sunday night.
But if his pace and agility in training are any guide, it will be a welcomed sight tomorrow when we get a semblance of classic Abner in the ring.
Now the fight everyone is interested to see play out is the main event. Andy Ruiz Jr., looking both trim and mountainous came in at 168 lbs., which is the same weight as when he upset Anthony Joshua in 2019.
Luis Ortiz comes in at 245.3 lbs., which is actually bigger than he’s boxed before and should add some weight to already devastating blows.
The heavyweights have two distinct gameplans that could play out with Ortiz looking to catch some magic with a knockout. Ruiz, looking to be in some of the best shape of his career, could see this fight end early or have the legs to go the distance.
It’s nice to have some options. That’s at least what every Angeleno is thinking during a weekend heat wave.