Their respective trips to the scale on Friday will ultimately tell the tale, but everything remains on course for Jermall Charlo and Dennis Hogan to collide this weekend.
Both boxers have hit the mark during each weight safety check according to official records collected by the World Boxing Council (WBC) ahead of their middleweight title fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York (Saturday, SHOWTIME, 9:00pm ET).
The most recent weight check came over the weekend, at which point the combatants were required to be within 3% of the contracted 160-pound weight limit (164.8 pounds, rounded up to 165). Houston’s Charlo (29-0, 21KOs) came in at 164.8 pounds, while Hogan—an Australia-based contender originally from Kildale, Ireland—was slightly lighter at 164.2 pounds.
Both boxers were also within the prescribed limits at 14 days (maximum 5% over) and 30 days (10%) out from fight night.
For the 30-day mark where the maximum limit was set at 176 pounds, Charlo weighed 173.4 pounds, while Hogan—who moves up from junior middleweight—was well under the mark at 169 pounds. The 14-day weight carried a maximum allowable limit of 168 pounds, Charlo’s exact weight while Hogan was slightly under at 167.8 pounds.
The safety checks have proven useful, although the program suffered an anomaly of the worst kind just one week ago, Mexico’s Andres Gutierrez was reportedly on track to make weight for his planned Nov. 30 130-pound showdown versus Oscar Valdez, only to show up a ridiculous 11 pounds over the limit—somehow gaining excessive weight from his seven-day weight check.
Valdez—who made weight—went on to face Adam Lopez, whom he stopped in seven rounds after recovering from an early knockdown.
Charlo and Hogan have never struggled at the scales, and both are former junior middleweights who appear well adapted to their new habitat. Charlo will attempt the second defense of his WBC title to which he was upgraded from an interim title reign this past June. The unbeaten Texan is coming off of a 12-round shutout of Brandon Adams in June.
Meanwhile, Hogan guns for a title on his second try. The 34-year old Irish contender was the victim of a widely disputed 12-round majority decision defeat to Mexico’s Jaime Munguia in their 154-pound title fight this past April in Monterrey, Mexico.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox