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Saturday, November 16, 2013
Rodriguez under weight-check limit

By Dan Rafael


Super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez missed weight by two pounds at Friday's official weigh-in, but he was at least within the allowable limit at the Saturday morning weight check, hitting the scales at 179.8 pounds.

Rodriguez, who cannot win the 168-pound world title from champ Andre Ward on Saturday night (HBO, 10 ET/PT) at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., weighed 170 pounds at the official weigh-in.

As part of the deal to move forward with the fight, Rodriguez agreed to a weight check at 9 a.m. PT Saturday at which he couldn't weigh heavier than 180 pounds. Ward had no issues at Friday's weigh-in, checking in at 167.8 pounds for his sixth title defense.

For missing weight, the California State Athletic Commission fined Rodriguez 20 percent of his $1 million purse, with $100,000 going to the commission and $100,000 being given to Ward, increasing his purse from $1.9 million to $2 million.