junior middleweight

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weighs no more than 154 pounds

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WORCESTER - Three-time world champion Jose Antonio Rivera, who spent most of his career as a 147-pound welterweight before moving up to junior middleweight (154), has nixed a proposal to fight former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor at a catch weight of between 163 and 165 pounds.
He enjoyed his one-sided victory over Kassim Ouma last July 14 -- that won him the International Boxing Federation junior middleweight belt -- a little more than he should have.
Although both are champions in the junior middleweight division -- De La Hoya is the World Boxing Council champ -- he doesn't expect De La Hoya to fight him now, either.
He will be in Shane's corner next Saturday when Shane takes on Fernando Vargas in the junior middleweight main event at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Things, however, are on the upswing for the former two-time junior middleweight champion from Oxnard.
1 -- color) Fernando Vargas weighs in for his junior middleweight bout with Javier Castillejo.
De La Hoya easily outpointed a pathetically overmatched Javier Castillejo to win the WBC junior middleweight title in front of 12,480 on Saturday at the MGM Grand but won no raves for a workmanlike performance unbecoming a great fighter.
De La Hoya was fighting for the first time at the 154-pound weight limit, which raised the question: Would he be able to hurt a fighter who has been at junior middleweight for nine years?
Vargas also will pursue Oscar De La Hoya, assuming De La Hoya takes Francisco Castillejo's WBC junior middleweight title on June 23 in Las Vegas.
One solution would be to take a chance on one of the 1996 Olympians: junior middleweights Fernando Vargas or David Reid, assuming one would take the fight.