By Keith Idec
Adrien Broner’s time in Colorado Springs was well spent.
For the first time in three fights, Broner focused on training throughout camp and made weight with little difficulty Friday. The former four-division champion weighed in at 138¾ pounds Friday afternoon at the Brooklyn Marriott for his 12-round, 140-pound fight against Mikey Garcia on Saturday night at Barclays Center (Showtime).
Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs), who moved up from 135 pounds for this fight, weighed in at a career-high 139½ pounds. The most Garcia, 29, had weighed in for a fight before Friday was 138 pounds for a fifth-round stoppage of Elio Rojas last July 30 at Barclays Center.
Broner (33-2, 24 KOs, 1 NC) would’ve been fined $500,000 if he failed to make weight for this fight. As promised, he had no difficulty doing so after spending nearly two months training in Colorado Springs, Colorado, far away from the distractions he so often encounters in his hometown of Cincinnati.
Broner, who turned 28 on Friday, fought at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds in his last bout. He was supposed to face Adrian Granados at a catch weight of 142 pounds February 18 in Cincinnati, but issued Granados a take-it-or-leave-it offer to raise the contract weight to 147 pounds while they already were training for that 10-round fight.
Broner battled through fractures to both hands to win a hard-fought split decision against Granados (18-5-2, 12 KOs) at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.
The enigmatic ex-champion missed weight for his previous fight. He gave up his WBA super lightweight title at the scale when he weighed in at 140½ pounds for his ninth-round stoppage of England’s Ashley Theophane (40-7-1, 11 KOs) in April 2016 in Washington, D.C.
Jermall Charlo and Sebastian Heiland also made weight Friday for their WBC middleweight elimination match Saturday night.
Charlo, 27, weighed in at a career-high 159.2 pounds for his debut as a full-fledged middleweight. Heiland, 30, weighed 159.2 pounds as well.
Heiland is ranked No. 1 by the WBC, one spot in front of Charlo, who gave up his IBF junior middleweight title to move up to middleweight.
The winner between Houston’s Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) and Argentina’s Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KOs) will become the mandatory challenger for the WBC middleweight championship. Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) will defend the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC 160-pound crowns against Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) on September 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (HBO Pay-Per-View).
Showtime will televise the Garcia-Broner and Charlo-Heiland fights, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Saturday night.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.