World-ranked bantamweight Chris Avalos measured 118 pounds and Chris “The San Diego Kid” Martin weighed in at 120 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Grand Casino Hinckley, in Hinckley, Minn.
The hard-hitting Avalos (16-0, 13 KOs), of Lancaster , Calif. , by way of San Diego , will face fellow unbeaten Martin (18-0-2, 5 KOs), of Chula Vista, Calif., in the 10-round ShoBox: The New Generation main event tonight, live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast.
Martin was two pounds the contracted weight limit, however both fighters agreed to continue with the scheduled 10-rounder. Martin was fined by Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Commission for missing weight.
Undefeated, hard-hitting cruiserweight Lateef “Power’’ Kayode, a pupil of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, weighed in at 198.5 pounds and Alfredo Escalera, Jr., tipped the scales at 199 pounds. The two will face off in the eight-round cruiserweight co-feature at Grand Casino Hinckley, in Hinckley, Minn. The doubleheader is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC.
Avalos has been steadily ascending through the ranks and is currently rated No. 5 by the WBO and No 11 by the WBA. He’ll face one of his toughest tests to date in Martin, a slick boxer who has won eight in a row.
Kayode (12-0, 11 KOs), of Nigeria, will seek his 12th consecutive knockout when he makes his ShoBox debut against Puerto Rico’s Escalera, Jr., 18-2-1, 12 KOs ), the son and namesake of the former world champion.