Canelo vs. GGG Official Weigh-in LIVE Results
By David Berry, LAS VEGAS: The weigh-in for major fights has become an event unto itself in recent years. That was as true as ever at today's Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34KO) vs. Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33KO) official weigh-in for their middleweight title tilt tomorrow night, September 16, on HBO PPV. The MGM Grand Garden Arena, which hosted the weigh-in, but will not host the main event, was filled to capacity with raving fans, though it was evident from the start that it was a largely pro-Canelo crowd.
The Ring Magazine, WBC, WBA, IBF an IBO middleweight titles are all on the line (though, if Canelo wins, the WBC belt will remain vacant, as he has refused to engage with the popular sanctioning body).
Canelo took to the scales first, making weight for his first foray at the 160 pound limit, hitting the scales at a solid, chiseled 160. Golovkin walked to the scale second, and as always, the long-standing middleweight champion made weight, as well, hitting the scale at 160.
On the scales for the televised undercard:
Joseph "JoJo" Diaz Jr. (24-0, 13KO) and late-replacement opponent Rafael Rivera (25-0-2, 16KO) both hit the scales for their WBC Featherweight Title eliminator. Diaz Jr. came in at the division limit of 126, but Rivera will have an hour to lose one pound, as he came in at 127 pounds.
Randy Caballero (24-0, 14KO) and Diego De la Hoya (19-0, 9KO) hit the scales for their NABF and vacant NABO Super Bantamweight title fight, a 10 rounder, and both made weight. In a battle of undefeated fighters, Caballero weighed 121 pounds and De la Hoya weighed 122 pounds.
Ryan Martin (19-0, 11KO) and Francisco Rojo (19-2, 12KO) hit the scales for their WBC Continental Americas and vacant WBA Inter-Continental Lightweight title fight in the lightweight division. Rojo hit the scales for the 135-pound weight limit bout at 135.5 pounds. He has two hours to lose the extra half pound. Martin, the current holder of the WBC Continental Americas title, hit the scale at a cut-up 135 pounds.
Women's super flyweight 6 rounder. Aracely Palacios (8-7, 1KO) made weight at the 110 pound-limit and former Olympic gold medalist, Marlen Esparza of Houston Texas (2-0), tipped the scale at 111.5 pounds. The superflyweight limit is 110 pounds. Esparza has two hours to shed the additional 1.5 pounds.
Women's super flyweight 4 rounder. In a fight that's expected to be a feature for Nicola Adams of Yorkshire, UK (2-0, 1KO), she made weight at 115. Her opponent Alexandra Vlajk (11-6, 2KO) hit 114.5. Both make weight.
Men's super lightweight 6 rounder. Cesar Valenzuela (7-1, 2KO) weighed the division limit of 140. Vergil Ortiz (6-0, 6KO) from Dallas, TX, a rising, power-hitting prospect, hit the scales at a shredded 140.5. He was one-half pound over the limit, so he shed his drawers and stood behind a towel to make weight, which he did - an even 140.
Men's super welterweight 4 rounder. Joan Valenzuela of Chula Vista, MX (5-8-1, 5KO) hit the scale at 154.5. The favorite, Serhii Bohachuk (4-0, 4KO) hit the scale at a firm 150, surprisingly light. He may have his future in the welterweight division.