The scales can be the bane of most professional boxers, even those comfortable at their weight may have their battles with the scales at times and dehydration, here's looking at you Floyd. That was seen yesterday at the weigh in for today's big Philippines Vs Mexico card, which has one fighter fail to make weight ahead of a highly anticipated rematch.
That fighter failing on the scales was Juan Jimenez (22-10, 15), who was unable to make the 118lbs limit for his rematch with Arthur Villanueva (29-1, 15), which is being fought for the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title.
Originally Jimenez hit the scales at 119½lbs, a full 1½lbs above the limit. He was given 2 hours to lose the weight and had lost ½lb when he hit the scales a second time, before being told not to lose more for medical reasons. Despite failing to make the weight he did look gaunt in the face and it was clear that he shouldn't be fighting at 118lbs.
As punishment for missing weight the Mexican will be forced to wear heavier gloves for the bout, a punishment that is common place in the Philippines as a handicap, he will also be unable to win the title.
As for the champion Villanueva made the 118lb limit with room to spare, weighing 117½lbs. That is the same as he was in their first bout, a bout that ended in controversial circumstances with Jimenez being knocked out by an accidental headclash in the 4th round.
With the bout still going on Villanueva will be more strongly favoured than he was previously due to the glove punishment of Jimenez, which really is a significant handicap and has proven to be effective in bouts in the Philippines, and will perhaps begin to be used in more countries in the future.
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