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Team Angulo: Canelo Situation Sends a Bad Message

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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by oneon11 on 03-08-2014

[QUOTE=tdub2222;14303590]canelo aka waffle house king :boxing:[/QUOTE] This kid gets knocked out tonight. Angulo will catch him since fat boy has no stamina to speak of and he'll be exposed for the hype job he is. Looking at his career the…

Comment by joe strong on 03-08-2014

get rid of catch weights, make wider weight classes. like welterweight of 147 then move 154 to 159, etc...

Comment by Fetta on 03-08-2014

[QUOTE=Bushbaby;14304422]So this fight is a ppv affair and golden boy wouldn't let Angulo break a million?? Bull$h!t. 2nd if Canelo needed weight stipulations on the official weight in, he deserved no next day weight in stipulation favoring him. They're clearly…

Comment by Bushbaby on 03-08-2014

So this fight is a ppv affair and golden boy wouldn't let Angulo break a million?? Bull$h!t. 2nd if Canelo needed weight stipulations on the official weight in, he deserved no next day weight in stipulation favoring him. They're clearly…

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 03-08-2014

Can't believe Alvarez is having so much trouble making weight..Very unprofessional imo..

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