By Keith Idec
Adrien Broner doesn’t have to make weight for his fight against Mikey Garcia until next Friday afternoon.
Broner said Thursday, though, that training has gone so well he could make 140 pounds this Friday if it were necessary.
“I feel great,” Broner said during a conference call Thursday. “I weighed in at 144 this morning and I could make weight tomorrow if I wanted to. But I’m just cruising, man. I’m just ready to put on a show.”
Broner’s ability to make the 140-pound limit for their fight July 29 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center was such a concern for Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs), a clause was inserted into their contracts that would penalize Broner $500,000 if he doesn’t make weight in eight days.
“It’s actually been easy,” said Broner, who’ll turn 28 the day of the weigh-in. “I could’ve been did it, but I didn’t have the reason to do it. Now I’ve got a reason to make 140. Plus, I ain’t giving nobody a half-a-million. I’d rather give a n*gga $10. I mean, I’d rather give somebody $10. I’m not giving nobody half-a-million for nothing.”
The Cincinnati native’s last fight, a 10-round, split-decision victory over former sparring partner Adrian Granados, was contested at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. That February 18 bout in Cincinnati initially was contracted for 142 pounds, but Broner gave Granados a take-it-or-leave-it offer to change the weight limit while they were training.
Broner (33-2, 24 KOs, 1 NC) also missed weight for his previous fight, a ninth-round stoppage of England’s Ashley Theophane 15 months ago in Washington, D.C. The former four-division champion weighed in at 140½ pounds for that fight and surrendered his WBA super lightweight title at the scale.
Garcia, 29, is having an even easier time making weight for this Showtime Championship Boxing main event. The WBC lightweight champion will fight at 140 pounds for just the second time in his career.
“Camp has been great,” Garcia said during the conference call. “As far as the weight, that’s never been a problem. It’s just training hard, getting in shape. That’s the No. 1 thing. The weight, like I said, is not a problem. So I didn’t go in worrying about the weight.
“We just actually are eating a little bit more than usual to keep the weight higher because I would’ve dropped the weight too soon. We’re sparring big guys and we didn’t wanna do that. That’s not the correct thing to do, so I feel very comfortable right now.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.