Friday, April 12, 2013
Sierra comes in a cat too heavy
By Dan Rafael
Former titleholders Jose Luis Castillo and Joan Guzman, the poster children for modern fighters who have chronically missed making their contract weights, can rest easy now.
Hello, Francisco Sierra!
Mexico's Sierra (25-7-1, 22 KOs) was contracted to face Philadelphia's Farah Ennis (20-1, 12 KOs) at 169 pounds -- one over the super middleweight limit -- for tonight's ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" co-feature in Shelton, Wash.
But then came Thursday's weigh-in. Sierra weighed -- ready for this? -- 186½ pounds! Instead of weighing a pound over the super middleweight division limit, he was a cruiserweight.
The fighter camps couldn't agree on a new contract weight. The gap was just too great. Ennis' camp wanted nothing to do with a compromised weight, and who could blame them?
So the fight was canceled.
Why did Sierra even bother to show up for the weigh-in? If he was 17½ pounds heavy on Thursday, just imagine how much over the limit he was when he got to town earlier in the week.
When I read in the weekly production notes that I get for FNF cards that Sierra was 17½ pounds over, it occurred to be that my younger cat, Thunder, weighs about that much. So Sierra was a cat over the contract limit he had signed for.
Maybe there is something in the Shelton water, because main event fighter Rico Ramos (21-2, 11 KOs), a former junior featherweight titlist, also came in over -- although not nearly as dramatically as Sierra did. Ramos, contracted to face Oscar Gonzalez (17-2, 13 KOs) at 125 pounds, weighed in at 125½ pounds, and the sides came to an agreement for the fight to go on.
By the way, for those thinking that a fighter weighing in at 17½ pounds over his contract limit is some sort of record, it's not even close. Just one example: In February 2012, Shawn Estrada, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, signed to face Terrence Woods at 172 pounds. Estrada came in at 196 pounds at the weigh-in, 24 over the contract weight. Surprisingly, those camps worked out a new deal and that fight went on.