By Keith Idec
Terence Crawford and Felix Diaz made weight Friday for their super lightweight title fight Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Photos by Mikey Williams/Top Rank.
The 29-year-old Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, weighed in at 139.2 pounds for their 12-round fight. The official weight for the 33-year-old Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs), a southpaw from the Dominican Republic, was 139.4 pounds.
HBO will televise Crawford-Diaz as the main event of a “World Championship Boxing” doubleheader. The telecast is scheduled to begin at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
“I’m very excited to be in the big room,” Diaz told Top Rank’s Crystina Poncher through a translator following the weigh-in. “I’m very excited to display my talent come Saturday.”
Crawford is listed by most Internet sports books as a 25-1 favorite over Diaz, but Diaz is viewed by some as a very live underdog. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist has lost only a majority decision to WBA welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KOs) in October 2015.
“I’m gonna become a world champion tomorrow,” Diaz said. “Everything will happen tomorrow. Wait to see what happens.”
The fighters scheduled to participate in the opener of HBO’s broadcast also made weight Friday.
Phoenix’s Ray Beltran (32-7, 20 KOs, 1 NC) weighed in at 134.6 pounds for his 12-round lightweight fight against Jonathan Maicelo. Maicelo (25-2, 12 KOs, 1 NC), a native of Peru who trains in nearby Hackensack, New Jersey, weighed in at 134.8 pounds.
The Beltran-Maicelo match is an IBF lightweight eliminator. The winner eventually will get a shot at the IBF 135-pound championship.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.