NEW YORK – Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Geale made weight for their WBA middleweight title bout on Friday at the official weigh-in in the lobby of the Chase Theatre at Madison Square Garden, the site of their Saturday showdown.
Golovkin, the defending WBA titleholder, weighed in at 159.8 pounds; Geale, the challenger and former WBA/IBF beltholder weighed in at 159.2.
Heavyweights Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez also weighed in for their co-featured bout, which will be televised on HBO along with Golovkin-Geale. Jennings weighed 222.6 pounds and Perez weighed 242.2 for their WBC heavyweight title eliminator.
Cruiserweight contender Ola Afolabi weighed 198.6 pounds for his scheduled 10-round bout against Anthony Caputo Smith, who weighed 199.2.
Welterweight prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison weighed 147.6 for his bout against Wilfredo Acuna, who weighed 147.8.
Junior welterweight prospect Julian Rodriguez weighed 141.6 pounds for his bout against Yankton Southern, who weighed 140.6.
Junior middleweight standout Glen Tapia was scheduled to face Salim Larbi, of France, in a scheduled eight-round bout, but moments before the weigh-in, the New York State Athletic Commission told Tapia that he failed his pre-fight physical due to irregularities with his blood work.
There was also a rumor going around the weigh-in that Larbi wanted to back out of the fight due to an injury, but that rumor was not confirmed.
Doors to Madison Square Garden are scheduled to open at 7:00 p.m., with the first bell at 7:10 p.m. HBO’s broadcast begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/ 6:30 p.m. PT.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing