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Canelo Alvarez weighs in at 174.5 for Sergey Kovalev, who tips scales at 175 on fourth attempt

Fighters Network

LAS VEGAS – Sergey Kovalev almost lost his WBO light heavyweight title on the scales before attempting to defend it against odds and media favorite Canelo Alvarez tomorrow night at MGM Grand Garden Arena, the site of today’s weigh-in.

Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs) weighed in at 176 pounds on his first attempt, a pound over the division limit. He dropped half a pound just getting rid of a big necklace before his second attempt. He was able to shave that down to 175.25 pounds after removing his undewear to step on the scale nude. Per Nevada boxing commission rules, the 36-year-old Russian veteran was given one hour to lose the quarter pound but he only needed about 10-15 minutes off stage.

On his fourth attempt Kovalev made with weight on the dot at 175.

Canelo Alvarez, the reigning Ring Magazine middleweight champion who had previously never fought heavier than 167.25 pounds, weighed in near the light heavyweight division limit at 174.5 pounds, the heaviest of his career.

“I feel very well, I feel strong,” Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) said after weighing in. “We’ll see on fight night how my body reacts but I feel good.”

Probably a lot better than Kovalev right now. However, at least Kovalev will have the opportunity to retain his title should he upset the 29-year-old Mexican star.

The fight will be streamed live on DAZN in the U.S.