Devin Haney and Juan Carlos Burgos made weight just a day before their 10-round main event headlines a tripleheader at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif., on Saturday.
It’ll be a classic matchup between an up-and-coming youngster and hardened veteran when the 19-year-old Haney (19-0, 13 KO) takes on Burgos (33-2-2, 21 KO), broadcast live on Showtime’s “Shobox: The New Generation.”
“I’m one of the best boxers in the game. I think most of my opponents know that when they get in the ring with me and that’s why they try to land their best shot as soon as the fight is on,” Haney said. “They try, but they don’t touch me.”
Burgos, meanwhile, said he has something to prove after he lost a shot at the WBO Super Featherweight title in his 2014 bout with Mikey Garcia at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“I am a very skilled boxer and after the Mikey fight I learned a lot about myself mentally and physically,” said the Tijuana, Mexico, native. “I want to get another title shot and. I feel this fight is the right opportunity for me, because with this fight I’m planning to show the world I’m still an elite boxer.”
On the undercard, the much-anticipated rematch between Thomas Mattice and Zhora Hamazaryan will go on as an eight-round super lightweight bout as Mattice failed to make the contracted 135-pound lightweight limit.
Cleveland’s Mattice, who battled the flu earlier in the week, said he was feeling 100% and ready to go on Thursday.
Two undefeated super middleweight prospects will meet in the opening bout as Cem Kilic (11-0, 7 KO) of Los Angeles and DeAndre Ware (12-0-2, 8 KO) Toledo, Ohio, both weighed in at the same 167½ pounds.
Here’s how the bouts line up:
Lightweights 10-Round Bout
Devin Haney – 134¾ lbs.
Juan Carlos Burgos – 134½ lbs.
Super Lightweights 8-Round Bout
Thomas Mattice – 138½ lbs.
Zhora Hamaryan – 134½ lbs.
Super Middleweight 8-Round Bout
Cem Kilic – 167½ lbs.
DeAndre Ware – 167½ lbs.