Chavez Jr vs Lee weigh-in pictures
WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and challenger Andy Lee made weight ahead of their championship clash on Saturday night at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, live on BoxNation (Sky 456, Virgin 546).
Champion Chavez Jr clocked in at 159lbs on the button while Irish fighter Lee came in a touch heavier at 159.25lbs. And with both fighters having made weight, problems arose when Lee’s camp asked that the gloves be weighed.
Both camps brought their own gloves and Lee’s representatives wanted to put them both on the scales to make sure they were at the agreed weight but Texas Commission Sports Inspector Robert Tapia denied the request.
‘They brought their own gloves and we brought ours,’ explained Lee's manager, Perry Mandera. ‘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.'’
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr weighs in for his WBC middleweight title defence against Andy Lee on June 16 in El Paso, Texas
Challenger Andy Lee steps on the scales
Chavez Jr and Lee face off
Chavez Jr hoists his WBC strap in the air
Photos by Chris Farina for Top Rank