‘Middleweight Madness’ and more is on after fighters weigh-in Friday

All participants in Saturday's card at Madison Square Garden set their alarms for the early weigh-in wake up and made good on the scale.

Unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (left) and WBO champion Daniel Jacobs will fight to go home with all the belts on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO Boxing
Unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (left) and WBO champion Daniel Jacobs will fight to go home with all the belts on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO Boxing

NEW YORK, March 17, 2017 – It may be St. Patrick’s Day in New York, but there is nothing lucky about fighters making weight for Saturday’s “Middleweight Madness” card at Madison Square Garden.

It is part of a boxer’s job to step on the scale and come in at or under the division weight limit assigned. But fighters don’t always do their job. Sometimes a fighter simply ages out of his or her weight class; sometimes they aren’t keeping track and blow past the limit at the last minute. Some simply don’t train as they should.

All fighters made weight for their bouts on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, even if they had to get up early to do it. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO Boxing

Based on appearances, every participant in the day’s weigh-in took their job seriously, especially the athletes in the main event, Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs. Both appeared in top condition. Golovkin, who never weighs a lot more than his limit between fights, weighed in at 159.6 pounds. Jacobs, who hired nutritionist and professional boxer Chris Algieri to work with him preparing for this bout, weighed in at 159.8 pounds. Jacobs was working very hard on some gum, which is sometimes an indicator a fighter is working hard to make weight.

Jacobs was uncharacteristically aggressive in his comments after the weigh-in, shouting out first to Brooklyn fans in the house, then declaring, “My skills are going to pay the bills come Saturday night!”

Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs acknowledged the throngs of fans who came to cheer them on at Friday’s weigh-in. Photo: Gayle Falkenthal, Communities Digital News

Golovkin was his customary picture of calm, even denying promises of a “Big Drama Show,” saying instead, “Not just my fight, this is a Big Drama Event” Saturday night.

During the stare-down, Jacobs seemed to be looking for something – a sign of concern or insecurity? – in Golovkin. He kept looking, and it didn’t seem that he found it.

The weigh-in took place at 9 a.m. in New York, an unusually early time due to the need to clear the facility to allow set-up time for an unrelated Top Rank boxing event later in the evening.

Roman Gonzalez (left) and Srisaket Sor Rungsivai made their weight limit for the super flyweight championship bout on Saturday. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO Boxing

All the super flyweight competitors in two undercard fights made their weight limits. Roman Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs), Managua, Nicaragua, 114.6 pounds; vs. Srisaket Sor Rungsivai, (41-4-1, 38 KOs), Thailand, 114.0 pounds; and Carlos Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs), Mexico City, 115.6 pounds, vs. David Carmona (20-3-5, 8 KOs) Mexico City, 115.8 pounds.

Carlos Cuadras and David Carmona were far more serious at Friday’s weigh-in than usual. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO Boxing

Additional bout weights:

Ryan Martin and Ryan Cruz at Friday’s weigh-in. Photo: Ed Mulholland, HBO Boxing

Ryan Martin (17-0, 10 KOs), Cleveland Ohio, lightweight: 134.6 pounds; vs. Ryan Cruz, (17-1-0, 8 KOs), Port Chester, NY, lightweight: 135.0 (10 rounds).

Andy Lee, (34-3-1, 24 KOs) Limerick, Ireland, middleweight, 160.0 pounds; vs. KeAndrae Leatherwood (19-3-1, 12 KOs), Birmingham, Alabama, middleweight: 159.4 pounds (eight rounds).

Matt McKinney (3-2-2, 1 KO), Oceanside, California, heavyweight; 243.2 pounds; vs. Jay Carrigan-McFarlane, (2-0, 2 KOs), Glasgow, Scotland; 241.4 pounds (four rounds). Carrigan-McFarlane amused fans by showed up in a tartan kilt, with “Braveheart” style blue stripes on his face.

Yasmani Pedroso (1-1, 1 KO) Miami, Florida, welterweight; 147.8 pounds; vs. Serhii Bohachuk (2-0, 2 KOs) Vinitza, Ukraine, 146.8 pounds (four rounds).

See the entire weigh-in here.

Just a few tickets are still available if you’re anywhere near the New York City area. It’s worth your time to see some of the best fighters in the world in action. Undercard fights begin at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and will be streamed live online by HBO. Pay per view fights begin at 10 p.m. Eastern Time.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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