Shawn Porter didn’t have to cut off any of his hair to make weight this time. The WBC welterweight champion made weight on his first try Friday for his 147-pound title unification fight against Errol Spence Jr. Porter weighed exactly 147 pounds when he got on the California State Athletic Commission’s scale at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel. (photos by Stephanie Trapp).
Spence stepped on the CSAC’s scale at 147 pounds, too, for their 12-rounder Saturday night at Staples Center.
Porter officially weighed in at 146¾ pounds for that 12-round fight. Las Vegas’ Porter beat Cuba’s Ugas (24-4, 11 KOs) by split decision March 9 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Just before Porter and Spence made weight, WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell and former WBC champ David Benavidez met their contractual obligations for their 12-round, 168-pound title bout on the Spence-Porter undercard.
Mario Barrios (24-0, 16 KOs), San Antonio, 140 pounds, vs. Batyr Akhmedov (7-0, 6 KOs), Belogorsk, Russia, 139¼ pounds, 12 rounds, for the vacant WBA world super lightweight title.
Josesito Lopez (36-8, 19 KOs), Riverside, California, 146½ pounds, vs. John Molina Jr. (30-8, 24 KOs), Covina, California, 146¼ pounds, 10 rounds, welterweights.
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