Monday, January 30, 2023  |


Alvarez, Kirkland make weight, Frankie Gomez does not

Photo from @GoldenBoyBoxing

Photo from @GoldenBoyBoxing

HOUSTON, Texas — In front of an overflow crowd inside an atrium at Minute Maid Park, Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 knockouts) and James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) both weighed in at 154.5 pounds, half a pound within the contracted weight of 155 pounds, for their fight on Saturday at the ballpark. The bout will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
The co-main event between Humberto Soto and Frankie Gomez was a different story. Soto weighed in at 142.5 pounds, but Gomez weighed in at 147.5, six pounds more than the contracted weight of 141 pounds. After the weigh-in, HBO and Golden Boy Promotions decided to pull the plug on the fight when Gomez could not shed 2.5 pounds to make a 145-pound catchweight that was agreed upon by both fighters’ camps yesterday.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Joseph Diaz, Jr. and Giovani Delgado both weighed in at 126.5 pounds for their scheduled 10-round bout. Heavyweight Taishan Dong weighed in at 289 pounds, while his opponent Terrell Woods tipped the scales at 248.5 pounds. The Diaz-Delgado and Dong-Woods bouts will be part of the international broadcast.
The rest of the undercard weigh-in results can be viewed on the final bout sheet for the Golden Boy Promotions/Leija-Battah Promotions show:
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper,, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing