By Rick Reeno
MGM Grand, Las Vegas - Virgil Hunter, the trainer of Alfredo "Perro" Angulo (22-3, 18KOs), was disappointed that former WBC/WBA junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-1-1, 30KOs) was unable to make the contracted weight of 154-pounds for tomorrow's Showtime Pay-Per-View headliner.
Earlier today, the fighters reached an agreement for a max weight of 155-pounds, after Canelo realized this morning that he wouldn't be able to make 154 - and Angulo received $100,000 for the new weight limit, raising his purse to $850,000. Canelo weighed in at the 155 max, with Angulo coming in at 154.5. There will be a secondary weigh-in on Saturday morning, when neither fighter will be able to weigh more than 168-pounds.
This was the second time in Canelo's career where he was unable to make a contracted weight. He failed to weigh 150-pounds for a catch-weight fight against Matthew Hatton a few years ago.
"It's unfortunate that they have not figured out a way for him to make the weight. It's unfortunate that nobody can sit down and talk to him about the importance of making the weight when fans are paying big money to watch it live and in their homes. It's the responsibility of the fighter to make the weight. 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 its an unfortunate thing. If it was the poor guy not making the weight [in this fight], they would have run him through the mud," Hunter told BoxingScene.com.
Michael Miller, legal adviser and manager to Angulo, told BoxingScene that Canelo's team reached out to them this morning and advised them of the issue with making weight. The second day weigh-in is a "one way" stipulation, says Miller - meaning that only Canelo can be cracked with a monetary fine if he weighs above 168. Miller says Angulo has never weighed more than 168 on the morning of a fight.