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Weigh-in scuffle adds to the motivation for Nico Hernandez's world-title shot

Watch Nico Hernandez shove his opponent at weigh-in

Nico Hernandez shoves Sziveszter Kanalas at Friday’s weigh-in, a day ahead of their fight for the vacant IBA flyweight world title at the Kansas Star Arena.
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Nico Hernandez shoves Sziveszter Kanalas at Friday’s weigh-in, a day ahead of their fight for the vacant IBA flyweight world title at the Kansas Star Arena.

A testy exchange between Nico Hernandez and Szilveszter Kanalas highlighted the weigh-ins on Friday at Kansas Star Arena, a day before the two square off for the vacant International Boxing Association flyweight world championship.

Hernandez (4-0, 3 KOs) and Kanalas (14-7, 9 KOs) were brought face-to-face on stage for a staredown that escalated when Kanalas leaned into Hernandez, which the Wichita native found “disrespectful.” Hernandez responded with a shove and the two had to be separated on the stage.

“It just adds to the hype for (Saturday),” Hernandez said. “It makes me want to beat him up a little bit more.”

Hernandez and Kanalas will face off in a 12-round bout as the main event of Superbox Live, a card that features six fights. Doors at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan., open at 6 p.m. with the first fight beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are being sold at Ticket Master and at the arena, beginning at $30.

For fans who can’t be in attendance, they can still watch the first world title fight in Kansas history via pay-per-view. The fight will also be live streamed on the FITE.TV app. Both options will cost $19.95.

“I’m glad I’m able to keep making history,” Hernandez said. “I’ve been making history since I was little. I want to continue to be successful and as long as I keep up the hard work, I know it will happen.”

In his last fight, Hernandez knocked out last-minute replacement Victor Torres to win the IBA Americas flyweight belt.

Kanalas, a 19-year-old southpaw from Hungary, actually has more professional experience than any boxer Hernandez has faced. Kanalas won his first eight fights, including the WBF world super flyweight title at age 17. He has lost four of his last five fights.

“Everybody who has been out to one of my fights knows I can put on a show,” Hernandez said. “I think that’s what people can expect, a great show of boxing (Saturday) night.”

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