A fighter misses weight, but this time it’s not Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., as Orlando Salido comes in heavy

Kevin Iole
Boxing Experts Blog

SAN ANTONIO -- A member of Julio Cesar Chavez's entourage proudly held aloft a sign that was a large replica of a $250,000 check from Chavez to Bryan Vera with the word "VOIDED" in big red letters across the middle.

Chavez had agreed to pay Vera $250,000 if he failed to make the 168-pound weight limit for their bout on Saturday at the Alamodome.

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Chavez weighed 167 1/2 pounds and looked impressive. Vera was also 167 1/2.

The fight is a rematch of a September match in Carson, Calif., in which Chavez won, but had difficulty making weight and the limit kept getting raised.

After the weigh-in, Chavez shouted to the small crowd that had gathered outside the Alamodome, "I made weight and tomorrow I will win!"

But Orlando Salido will be a loser even if he wins. Salido lost his WBO featherweight title on the scales Friday when he weighed 128 1/4, or 2 1/4 pounds over the featherweight limit of 126. His fight with Vasyl Lomachenko, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, is still on. Lomachenko weighed 125.5 pounds.

Lomachenko, in just his second pro fight, will win the title if he defeats Salido. If Salido wins, the title becomes vacant. Salido had to pay a fine of $15,000 that went to Lomachenko as a penalty for missing weight.

Salido's body simply shut down, manager Sean Gibbons said. Gibbons had said Thursday he was concerned Salido wouldn't make it.

"He just tried to make it one time too many," Gibbons said of the featherweight limit. "He made it with no problem in October, and we thought he could do it one more time, but he got to about 130 and then the weight just quit coming off."

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