Before yesterday’s weigh ins there were rumors swirling that Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was extremely over-weight and he wouldn’t make the 154 lb cut off.
It turns out the Canelo got down to 155 lbs before it was time to step onto the scale and that one pound is going to hit Canelo’s wallet. To move the fight from 154 lbs to 155 lbs Canelo was fined $100,000 and there’s also a clause stating that he’ll be fined if he weighs over 168 lbs today.
Boxing trainer Virgil Hunter feels like it gives boxers an excuse to be lazy:
“It sends a real bad message to other fighters who start making big money – that this is okay. I’m just getting off an experience like that with Edwin Rodriguez [who failed to make weight for Andre Ward] and it’s an unfortunate thing. If it was the poor guy not making the weight [in this fight], they would have run him through the mud.”
Canelo looked sluggish during the Floyd fight, which can be attributed to a last second weight cut, and it seems as though he’s repeating those mistakes. Angulo has an attacking style and powerful punches so Canelo has made a huge mistake if he didn’t take his training for this fight as seriously as he should.