Canelo won't be the smaller man in the ring when he faces Josesito Lopez, but he's the slightly lighter man one week out from the fight. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Josesito Lopez had to hit the scales this past Saturday (September 8) for a weigh-in seven days out from this Saturday's bout on Showtime. The stipulation for the weights said that the two fighters had to be within five-percent of the 154 pound limit, making the maximum weight the two men could check in at 162 pounds.
According to Boxing Scene, Canelo weighed in at 159.8 while Lopez checked in at an even 160.
Last month there was a 30-day check in where the fighters had to be within ten-percent of the limit, at that time Canelo was close to a full pound heavier.
I don't make too much of Lopez at 160, I think he's probably comfortable moving up in weight and is used to a bigger cut so he has his timing down.
But I am a little bit surprised that Canelo, a man who is on the bigger side of junior middleweight, is under six pounds away from the weight a full week out. I assumed he'd be rehydrating considerably larger than Lopez the day of the fight but that may not be the case.
Maybe this lends a little bit of legitimacy to Lopez's prior statements that, coming up quite a bit in weight, he is less concerned about being the smaller man than he is the level of Canelo's skills.