PAYANO, ON WEIGHT, HEADS TO NEW JERSEY
Press Release: Dominican bantamweight Juan Carlos Payano (13-0, 7 KOs) and his coach, German Caicedo, report that the slick southpaw is on weight at 118 pounds for this weekend's ESPN2 Friday Night Fights showdown against Philippine Jundy "Pretty Boy" Maraon (15-0-1, 12 KOs). "We got down to weight ahead of schedule," Caicedo said. "Payano will work to stay on weight for Thursday's official weigh in and be strong Friday night for his fight." Payano faces Maraon in a WBA title eliminator, positioning the winner for a world title shot against Koki Kameda. In the co-feature, Caicedo-trained featherweight Yenifiel Vicente (24-1-2, 16 KOs) faces Jorge Diaz (17-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round match. Payano and Vicente leave tomorrow for New Jersey along with their head coaches, Caicedo and "Irish" Micky Ward, and assistant Claudio Lamont.