Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andy Lee both made weight for their June 16 WBC middleweight championship bout, but it wasn’t without controversy.
Members of Lee’s camp wanted to weigh both fighters’ gloves during the June 15 weigh ins, but Chavez’ camp didn’t want any part of it.
“They brought their own gloves and we brought ours,” Lee’s manager, Perry Mandera, said. “So we thought in the interest of full disclosure and a level playing field, we would weigh both pairs. We weighed ours out in the open in front of everyone. They would not put theirs on the scale. So, I requested Robert Tapia to make them do it. He told me ‘I’m the boss here. I say whether or not we inspect the gloves and we’re not going to.'”
Weighing a pair of boxing gloves isn’t really a big deal, so it’s hard to understand where Chavez Jr. and his camp are coming from. It seems to be a pattern with Chavez’ fights – he didn’t take a drug test after his last fight against Marco Antonio Rubio, and it’ll only push more boxing fans away from the heir apparent.
“We just want everything fair,” Mandera added. “I don’t know why they wouldn’t drop the gloves on a scale to remove any doubt about a pair of gloves they brought themselves. Yes, it’s a new pair, but you ever buy a pair of shoes that say size 10 and they’re not? That’s all we were trying to resolve. So why won’t they weigh the gloves?”
Under normal circumstances, a boxer with a 45-0 professional record would be held in the highest esteem, but Chavez’ antics continues to distance him from fans. He’s seems reluctant to face Sergio Martinez, and he’s refusal to weigh his gloves makes me question his confidence going into Saturday’s showdown against Lee.
Regardless of the glove controversy, Chavez will be in for a tough night against Lee. I expect the Irishman to shock many boxing fans when the two meet at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. And emerge as the new WBC middleweight champion.
Boxingscene.com, “Controversy Already Breaks Out at Chavez-Lee Weigh-In”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.