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Weigh-in turns Whitaker into ‘Sweat Pea’

Matt O'Neill

Usually boxers tail off their workouts as the week leading up to their bouts wears on.

That was not the case for Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker on Thursday evening at the prefight weigh-in. The six-time champion came in two pounds overweight and was forced to shed an extra pound in an impromptu last-minute workout.

The weight for Friday night’s bout between Whitaker and Carlos “El Elegante” Bojorquez was 154 pounds, but Whitaker tipped the scales at 156 and Bojorquez was 153.

After a quick negotiation between Whitaker’s manager Lou Duva and Bojorquez’s manager/ training Willy Silva, Whitaker was given 30 minutes to shed the extra pound.

“The agreement says the weight was 154,” Silva said. “If it was the other way around, they would make Carlos lose it.”

After about 45 minutes, Whitaker returned from his weight-loss session, he stepped on the scale and weighed in at a trimmer 155, which still left him over the weight limit but was acceptable by Nevada Commission standards.

Duva was never worried about his fighter losing the weight or the fight being in jeopardy.

“It was just a big mix-up,” Duva said. “He understood the contract to say one weight, while they thought it was something else.

“To avoid any conflict, Pernell said he’d go and lose the pound. This just has a tendency to make Pernell more ready for the fight.”

Silva has another thought about the reason Whitaker came in a pound over the limit.

“He was overweight because he hasn’t prepared for this fight very well,” he said. “I saw him in Las Vegas and he was messing around, so they had to move him to San Antonio for the last three weeks.

“You can’t get prepared for a fight in three weeks.”

Even though his own fighter was one pound under the limit, Silva is confident that it won’t make any difference.

“We’re going to win. We’ve prepared for this opportunity and we’re not going to let it slip by,” Silva said. “This is a stepping-stone for Carlos. To be with the big fighters, you have to beat them.

“We’re going to that tomorrow.”

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