News | Sep 16 2016

Joe Gallagher reacts to Canelo Alvarez making weight

Liam Smith's trainer just about satisfied that Canelo Alvarez is ready for battle
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CANELO ALVAREZ hit the scales today, ever so briefly, to make the 154lb limit ahead of tomorrow’s WBO super-welterweight challenge to Liam Smith. The Englishman’s trainer, Joe Gallagher watched closely, more aware than anyone of rumours that Alvarez was struggling to make weight.

Shortly afterwards, at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington where the battle will be hosted, Gallagher spoke to Boxing News.

Were you satisfied with the weigh-in?
Joe Gallagher: I stood over there were the commissioner was to keep an eye on the scales. I assigned jobs to [Smith’s manager] Matthew Macklin and other people in the team to watch the people that were around him in case he tried to rush the scales. He made 154 and they assured me no one touched him, and that he made the weight legit. It was quick but we knew that they would rush him. You do wonder when they rush him, why he can’t stand there and pose for long but it’s done now.