Canelo Alvarez and Josesito Lopez made weight for their Saturday night showdown on Showtime.
Canelo Alvarez and Josesito Lopez both made weight for their Saturday night Showtime main event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as did the six main undercard fighters who will hit the ring before them.
Canelo (40-0-1, 29 KO) came in at the junior middleweight limit of 154 pounds to defend his WBC title, with underdog Lopez (30-4, 18 KO) at 153 pounds. This is the first time in his entire career that Lopez has weighed in over 144¾, which was his scale weight for his June 23 upset of Victor Ortiz.
Canelo looked solid, and Lopez -- he looked fine, but some are a little worried that he has a soft belly that could be exceptionally vulnerable to Alvarez's body shots. The truth is, and the reality is, that this is going to be very difficult for Lopez, and the weight is just one factor among many.
They also announced a sellout for this show, but almost nobody is buying that. It's almost as if Golden Boy doesn't realize that next week, we'll all be getting whatever the real numbers are for the gate, which will include all the comps. There's no good that really comes from announcing a sellout if you don't actually have one.
Anyway, undercard weights after the jump.
In the main undercard bout, Jhonny Gonzalez will defend his WBC featherweight title against Daniel Ponce De Leon in what might be the fight of the weekend. Gonzalez weighed in at 125 pounds, with Ponce De Leon at 125½.
Marcos Maidana and Jesus Soto Karass both were at 147 pounds on the nose for their welterweight showdown. Maidana looked in good shape, and is hoping to rebound from a dismal welterweight debut in February, when he lost badly to Devon Alexander. Soto Karass looked as good as he ever looks. He's not a beauty, let's put it that way.
In the Showtime opener, Leo Santa Cruz will defend his WBC bantamweight title against veteran Eric Morel. Santa Cruz weighed in at 117, with Morel at the limit of 118.