Wilfredo Vazquez Jr was heavy for a one-week weigh-in by the Puerto Rico commission, but they can't do anything. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr weighed in heavy by the standards of the Puerto Rican boxing commission on Friday, reports BoxingScene.com's Ryan Burton, but Vazquez's manager says there are no issues with the fighter making weight. The commission has fighters weigh in one week before the official weigh-in, with their rules saying a fighter cannot weigh more than 5% over the fight's contracted weight.
Vazquez, who is facing Nonito Donaire for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title on February 4 in San Antonio on HBO, weighed in at 132.6, over the one week limit of 128.1 for that fight.
Tutico Zabala, who co-promotes Vazquez with Top Rank, said that there's no ssue with the fighter's weight, and that he had just eaten when they weighed him. After a workout and a run, Zabala says Vazquez's weight was fine.
I'm no expert on this matter, but it seemed to me that the commission in Puerto Rico has basically no say here, since the fight is in Texas. So I asked Ryan Burton, who as linked above reported the story, just to make sure I wasn't missing something glaringly obvious, as I sometimes do. He said the same thing that Zabala said: It's just a way to get a story out there, for whatever reason, and since the fight's in Texas and it's not a WBO policy, there's really nothing more to it than Vazquez was heavy for what is ultimately a pointless one-week weigh-in.
At least on the surface, anyway, it's pointless. It is an indication that maybe Vazquez is having trouble making weight. Maybe. And given that he's already a big underdog against Donaire on February 4, any minor setback in training could kill his chances of pulling the upset, however low they may be to begin with.