Mikey Garcia lost his WBO featherweight championship before he ever stepped foot into the ring against Juan Manuel Lopez at American Airlines Center in Dallas, missing weight by two pounds and thus forfeiting his title.
Garcia said he awakened on Friday weighing 128 1/2 pounds. He said he thought it would be no problem to cut the remaining weight and get to the featherweight limit.
After a workout of more than an hour, Garcia said he weighed only 127 1/2. After missing weight at the official weigh-in by two pounds, he said he opted not to try again out of concern for his health.
He appeared very gaunt in the face, the effects of the weight cut clearly visible. Lopez, by contrast, looked superb and was bouncing around and smiling.
"I really thought I would be able to make it and I haven't had an issue in the past," he told Yahoo! Sports by telephone. "My body kind of shutdown. I couldn't even sweat. My fingers were stiff and numb and I have no water left in me."
Lopez weighed 125 1/4 pounds, so it will still be a title fight for him. If Lopez wins, he becomes the WBO champion. If Garcia wins or the fight is a draw, the title will be vacant.
Top Rank officials had been worried about Lopez making the weight, not Garcia. Carl Moretti, the Top Rank vice president, was stunned when Lopez made it and Garcia missed.
"Give JuanMa a lot of credit," Moretti said. "He looked great."
Garcia apologized to Lopez and said he would fight hard in an effort to give the fans what they came to see.
"I'm disappointed I'm not able to defend my title as a champion," Garcia said. "I should be all right. I'll replenish the fluids and I should recover fine."
The bout will be televised on HBO.