Bernard Hopkins (seen here in 2010) had some trouble on the scales today in Montreal. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Weights are in from Montreal for tomorrow night's HBO fight between light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins, and everything didn't go 100% smoothly.
46-year-old Hopkins initially weighed in at 175.9, then 175.6, and finally, 175.4. Hopkins has two hours to make the light heavyweight limit of 175 pounds. Pascal weighed in at 174 pounds.
Update: Hopkins, as expected, made the weight within the two-hour time limit.
In the light heavyweight co-feature, Chad Dawson came in at 173 pounds, while opponent Adrian Diaconu weighed 174. Those two will open the HBO broadcast from the Bell Centre, and if Dawson wins, he's next in line for a shot at the Pascal vs Hopkins victor, a fight figured to happen this fall.
Hopkins coming in overweight, even if slightly so, is not a good sign to say the least. At his age, Hopkins works extremely hard to stay in shape and make weight for his fights, and this could be an indication that the clock has finally ticked a little too long. Getting to the limit for tomorrow's fight shouldn't be "hard" in itself, but whether or not he's in peak fighting condition is far more questionable.
The HBO broadcast starts tomorrow at 10 pm EDT.