By Greg Aspen: Challenger Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KO’s) failed to make weight today at his weigh-in with WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s) for their clash this Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, California, USA. Rodriguez came in 2 pounds over the 168 lb. limit at 170 lbs. Ward made weight in coming in at 167.8 lbs. If Ward loses tomorrow night, he will still possess the title because it won’t be on the line for Saturday.
With 2 hours to take off the weight, Rodriguez was simply far too depleted already to lose the remaining weight to get down to the limit. As such, he gave up and chose to be over the limit and take the fine of 20 percent of his purse. It cost Rodriguez $200,000 from his $1 million purse.
Rodriguez has to make sure that he doesn’t rehydrate above 180 lbs. at tomorrow morning’s weigh-in at 9:00 a.m. This is a secondary weigh-in and one that’s far more important than the initial weigh-in because if Rodriguez fails to make this one, then the fight could be off. It was agreed ahead of time that there would be a rehydration limit of 180 in order to keep one of the fighters from ballooning up in weight after the weigh-in.
Rodriguez’s promoter Lou Dibella told ESPN “I think there’s a chance Edwin might not be able to make this weight again. He couldn’t lose another ounce. He couldn’t even spit.”
It’s going to be tough convincing HBO to let Rodriguez fight on another one of their TV cards at 168 after today because it’s simply too risky to have a fighter as big as Rodriguez is for this weight class to be trying to get down to this weight limit. Rodriguez needs to move u in weight to 175 and campaign as a light heavyweight because that’s basically what he is.
You could see that Rodriguez had lost a great deal of weight just trying to get down to the 168 lb. limit, because he looked rail thin at the weigh-in.
If Rodriguez can make the 180 lb. limit tomorrow morning then he’s not going to have much time to rehydrate the rest of the way to get to whatever weight he’ll be fighting at tomorrow night. What this means is that Rodriguez will likely be weak when he enters the ring.