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BFW Checks In With Yamaguchi Falcao Hours After Hitting The Scales in Vegas

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BFW Checks In With Yamaguchi Falcao Hours After Hitting The Scales in Vegas

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BFW Checks In With Yamaguchi Falcao Hours After Hitting The Scales in Vegas

In this Big Fight Weekend Exclusive, Yamaguchi Falcao talks being part of Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia and what he saw in his opponents eyes after the weigh-in.

If the buzz surrounding Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis vs. Ryan Garcia was in question, this afternoon’s weigh-in put all that to rest. This fight is the most significant event that the sport has seen in quite some time. The fighters who are part of the card that weighed in this afternoon were also in awe of the spectacle. One of those fighters is super-middleweight contender Yamaguchi Falcao (24-1-1).

This afternoon was quite a scene as Gervonta Davis poses for the fans. Photo Credit: Esther Lin

Hours after the weigh-in, as the fighters started to fuel back up, Falcao was gracious enough to give me a few minutes while having dinner with his wife and team. So what was it like being part of an event like this afternoon’s weigh-in? Falcao told Big Fight Weekend, “For me, it was like a dream come true being part of such a big event. Now it’s time to recuperate, eat and put some energy into my body. I know that all of the hard work has been done.”

During the weigh-in, his opponent, WBA super middleweight champ David Morrell Jr. (8-0), was relaxed and smiling while finishing the stare-down with a quick handshake. Falcao was already coming into this fight with a ton of confidence, but the weigh-in gave him even more. Falcao told Big Fight Weekend, “David (Morrell) seemed like when he was in front of me that he did not have a lot of confidence in himself. I have all of the tools to beat David and knock him out.”

Was David Morrell Jr. too relaxed at the weigh-in? Photo Credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

Another person that shares the same opinion regarding the outcome is his promoter Michael Reyes from Reyes Boxing. Reyes is a Marine Corps veteran and is one of the more stand-up guys in the sport. When speaking to Reyes, he mentioned that this isn’t as last minute as people think. “My partner and I had known about this fight before anyone else had it. They gave us the fight about six or seven weeks ago then they took the fight away from us as Showtime did not approve it. Then they came back after Sena (Agbeko) had his issues, and they said, ‘Oh, you guys should keep training.’ So, we’ve been training for this fight. It was always our fight. We believe that Yamaguchi (Falcao) is going to win this fight.”

Reyes’ reaction was in line with everyone else’s, where they hadn’t seen anything like this (the weigh-in) in quite some time. Reyes told Big Fight Weekend, “The weigh-in looked like it had 20,000 people. It was crazy. Honestly, boxing is back in a big way. That was the biggest weigh-in event I have seen in the last twenty years.”

Reyes Boxing continues to roll out shows on a consistent basis.

Toward the end of the call, Reyes said he is promoting a show next Saturday in Tampa, FL, called “Fire on the Bay.” He also has a show in Massachusetts on June 24 called “Down & Dirty 6”. Reyes Boxing continues to put on solid club shows on the east coast. Still, more importantly, their team has an opportunity to bring back the WBA strap to their promotional company as the 35-year-old Falcao looks to pull the upset.

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Born and raised in the Bronx, New York City, Abe grew up in a family who were and still are die-hard boxing fans. He started contributing boxing articles in 2017 while being an active duty U.S. Marine. Abe is the Managing Editor for Big Fight Weekend and also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).

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