Daniel Jacobs 167.9 vs. Julio Chavez Jr 172.7 – weigh-in results

By Boxing News - 12/19/2019 - Comments

By Sean Jones: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. came in almost 5 pounds over the super middleweight limit in weighing in at a whopping 172.7 lbs at Thursday’s weigh-in for his fight against Daniel Jacobs this Friday night on DAZN. The fight will be taking place at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, in Phoenix.

Jacobs easily made weight in coming in at 167.9 lbs. The good news for boxing fans is the fight will still go ahead,  as Chavez Jr., 33, will be paying Jacobs financial penalty, according to @MikeCoppinger.

No surprise Chavez Jr. coming in heavy

On Wednesday, Chavez Jr’s trainer Freddie Roach sounded upbeat about his chances of making weight. We should have known better, eh? Chavez Jr. has only made weight 3 times since 2013 for the super middleweight division, and it was an insane idea to have the fight take place at 168. In Chavez’s last fight against Evert Bravo, he weighed in at 175 lbs last August.

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At this point in Chavez’s career he needs to move up to light heavyweight, because he’s not able to make the 168 lb limit with any consistency.  Of course, it’s understandable why Chavez Jr. is choosing to try and stay at 168, because there’s bigger paydays available against the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Gennadiy Golovkin, Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders. Those guys also don’t hit as hard at the light heavyweights. Chavez Jr. would be food for the elite 175-lb champions like Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol.

Source: Daniel Jacobs weighed under 168-pound limit today. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was over 173. Following negotiations between sides, fight will go forward at 173 pounds, with a considerable financial penalty paid from JCC Jr. to Jacobs. @ChavaESPN first with 173-pound agreement

— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) December 19, 2019

Chavez Jr. looked good this week – a bad sign

This writer had a feeling that Chavez Jr. would come in overweight when he looked healthy and non-drained at this week’s final news conference. Normally Chavez Jr. looks emaciated and sickly the week of his fights, and this time he looked healthy, and ready to fight. That was the biggest hint that he was going to come in over the limit.

In the big scheme of things, it’s probably better for Chavez Jr. to miss weight in order to have a chance to win the fight, because we saw what happened when he drained himself for his fight with Canelo Alvarez in 2017.

Chavez Jr. looked dead at the weigh-in in making weight for his catchweight fight against Canelo at 164.5 lbs, and he had nothing left when he fought him. He looked ill, and Canelo beat with ease It was so one-sided that Canelo tried to give Chavez Jr. a handicap by resting with his back against the ropes so that he could throw punches. It didn’t work. Chavez Jr. was too weak to throw punches, and the crowd at ringside booed both fighters for the horrible fight.