Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland both weighed in at 154½ pounds on the scales today in Houston, and are set for tomorrow night's HBO World Championship Boxing main event from Minute Maid Park.
Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO) and Kirkland (32-1, 28 KO) are going to be fighting in front of what will likely be the largest live boxing audience of the year on American soil at the baseball stadium, and should have a lot of eyes on their fight on HBO, too, as not only is Alvarez a big draw, and the matchup enticing for various reasons, but it should get a boost from the replay of Mayweather-Pacquiao that will precede it. Even though that fight hasn't exactly draw rave reviews, PPV replay fights of lesser "boring" bouts have always provided a ratings boost for live fights.
The main event will be going it alone on the HBO broadcast, however, as the scheduled co-feature between Humberto Soto and Frankie Gomez has been canceled.
The fight was originally set to take place at 140 pounds, but Gomez quietly had the limit raised to 145 earlier this week, as he's reportedly been ill. Soto acquiesced, and Gomez still missed weight. Gomez weighed in at 147½, while Soto weighed in at 142½.
Golden Boy's Eric Gomez said he was "very disgusted" and "upset" about Frankie missing weight, per David Greisman, calling the TV spot between the Mayweather-Pacquiao replay and the Canelo-Kirkland fight a "golden ticket," and he's right. This was a prime opportunity, and Frankie Gomez not only misses out, but has his promoter angry, as well.