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Spence Won't Be 'Too Heavy' After 2 Weigh-Ins For Garcia Fight

By Keith Idec

ARLINGTON, Texas – Mikey Garcia couldn’t help but smile while answering the question.

“About 150,” Garcia told FOX’s Heidi Androl after she asked Garcia during a press conference Wednesday at AT&T Stadium how much he’ll weigh when he encounters Errol Spence Jr. on Saturday night. That weight wouldn’t have raised eyebrows if Garcia were preparing for another 140-pound fight against a lesser opponent.

But even if Garcia gave a slightly deceptive answer, the four-division champion figures to weigh at least 15 pounds less than Spence when the bell rings for their IBF welterweight title fight. In accordance with the IBF’s second-day weigh-in guidelines, neither Spence nor Garcia can weigh more than 157 pounds Saturday morning, 10 pounds above the welterweight limit.

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From Saturday morning until the start of their fight Saturday night, both boxers can gain as much weight as they see fit.

The 29-year-old Spence is used to weighing in around 147 pounds and adding plenty of weight between weigh-ins and fights. The DeSoto, Texas, native estimated that he’ll weigh “probably 160” pounds when their FOX Pay-Per-View bout begins.

“I don’t know,” Spence said. “I won’t be too heavy. You know, I’m already on weight right now. So, the 10-pound limit won’t be an issue at all and, you know, I won’t get too big because I don’t wanna be sluggish or have extra pounds on me. So, I won’t be too big. I don’t know, probably 160.”

Multiple sources familiar with Spence’s gains after weigh-ins have suggested to BoxingScene.com that the 5-feet-10 southpaw will weigh at least 165 pounds. Regardless, he’ll own a significant size advantage over the 5-feet-6 Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs), whose last fight was contested at the lightweight limit of 135.

Garcia, of Oxnard, California, trained at Victor Conte’s Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning facility in Northern California, to carefully add weight for this fight. He wants to avoid getting too heavy, however, because it’ll impact his advantages against a tall, powerful opponent who has boxed just one round in the past 14 months.

“I’ll probably be right around where I normally walk around,” Garcia said. “I’ll probably come in at about 150. I don’t feel that it’s a good advantage for me to try to gain weight or hydrate too much. You know, I don’t plan on being big and huge and bulk up like that. You know, I wanna be sharp, I wanna be quick. You know, I’m not even naturally a big guy. So, it would be crazy for me to think I’m gonna be too much in weight.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by BillyBoxing on 03-15-2019

[QUOTE=.WesternChamp.;19582764]spence is just a lil taller than mikey. but if you look at their body, mikey is the one that is thicker. robert says mikey walks around at 152 so the size different wont even be noticeable except for the…

Comment by NotaPachugger on 03-15-2019

[QUOTE=Letmaku;19582618]Mikey should use his bicycle for the first time like Pacman did in 2010 versus 5'11" Margarito at 150 lbs. catch weight. War Mikey FOTD?[/QUOTE] No one cares to comment on un-natural catch weight fights, * worthy. Do not deserve…

Comment by Brooklyn926 on 03-14-2019

[QUOTE=KayDub;19583501]Walking around at 152lbs is tiny for a welterweight. I used to fight as an amateur when I was younger and I'd walk around at like 155-160lbs and I fought as a light welterweight at 141lbs with same day weigh-in.…

Comment by tonysoprano on 03-14-2019

This whole weight draining thing amazes me. Gaining 20 pounds in 1 night, you have to wonder what they take to first lose the weight then put it back so quickly. I see fighters the week before the fight and…

Comment by Noelanthony on 03-14-2019

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;19582384]............................................... [/QUOTE] Jesus not that version..... we were not allowed to sit on the front of buses during this period. Now fast forward 50 years we are being shot in…

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