Weights: Bradley 145.8, Chaves 146
By Chris Williams: Former WBO 147lb champion Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) successfully made weight on Friday in weighing in at 145.8 pounds at his weigh-in for his fight against Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Bradley says he easily made weight today and he was even able to eat breakfast before the weigh-in. He did look a little thin though and it’s going to be interesting to see how much weight he eventually puts back on.
Bradley’s opponent, 28-year-old Chaves from Argentina, weighed in at 146 pounds. Chaves towered over Bradley with his one and a half inch height advantage at 5’7 ½” compared to the 5’6” Bradley.
“It’s a great opportunity against one of the best boxers in the world,” Chaves said after the weigh-in. Chaves is looking to pull off a huge upset in beating the 31-year-old Bradley because it would set him up for bigger fighters and paydays in the future starting with a rematch against Bradley.
Chaves’ purse for the Bradley fight is $35,000 compared to Bradley’s $2 million. For that to change, Chaves is going to need to either beat Bradley or look very good in losing. Getting blown out or knocked out by Bradley would be a huge blow for Chaves’ career. Chaves has already lost two out of his last three fights in losses to Brandon Rios and Keith Thurman.
You can’t really call the Rios fight a loss for Chaves though because it was a fight in which Chaves was winning in the 9th round when the referee disqualified him for throwing an elbow. Rios would have lost that fight if not for the disqualification.
#4 WBO Andy Lee ((33-2, 23 KOs) weighed in at 159.8 pounds for his fight against unbeaten #1 WBO Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs). Lee and Korobov will be fighting for the vacant WBO middleweight title. Korobov weighed in at 159.4 pounds.
Interim WBA light welterweight champion Mauricio Herrera (21-4, 7 KOs) weighed in at 139.5 pounds for his title defense against unbeaten Jose Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs). For his part, Benavidez weighed 138.5 pounds.
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