Canelo makes weight, despite rumors
ARLINGTON, Texas – Despite rumors that Canelo Alvarez was having a devil of a time making weight, the former middleweight champion tipped the scales at 154 pounds on his first try on Friday after stripping nude with the help of a towel to cover his Canelos.
His opponent, junior middleweight titleholder Liam Smith also weighed-in at 154 pounds for Saturday’s fight on HBO PPV at AT&T Stadium. As a possible sign of how easily the two made weight, Canelo could be seen gulping down green fluids immediately after he stepped off the scale while Smith took a little sip of water seconds after he successfully made weight.
Smith didn’t make much of Canelo’s drinking habits, saying the true measure of how weakened he may have been will reveal itself on Saturday. Earlier in the week, Smith’s trainer, Joe Gallagher threatened to walk away from the fight if Canelo failed to make weight. He called for no catch-weight or payoff to allow Canelo to fight above 154 pounds as he has done in previous fights. But Gallagher never had to make such a decision on Friday.
Neither of the fighters in Saturday’s co-feature seemed weakened. After Gabe Rosado (159.25) and Willie Monroe Jr. (158.75) weighed-in for their middleweight bout, Rosado shoved Monroe and the two had to be separated by Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya. The winner of Rosado-Monroe has been mentioned as a possible candidate to face Canelo in December if he emerges victorious on Saturday.
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