John Molina Jr. did not come close to making weight for his junior welterweight world title shot against unified champion Terence Crawford on Friday, and while the fight is still on, Molina cannot win the belts.
Though Crawford was inside the 140-pound weight limit, weighing in at 139.6 pounds, Molina was dramatically overweight.
He was 144 pounds and, given two hours to lose the excess four pounds, he returned to the scale and was 143.4 for the fight on Saturday (HBO, 9:35 p.m. ET/PT) at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, Crawford's hometown.
Crawford cannot lose the belts even if he loses the fight. Molina agreed to give up an undisclosed five-figure payment of his $400,000 purse to Crawford, who will add it to his $1.5 million purse, to go through with the fight.
"We are disappointed Molina didn't make weight," Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN. "I'm glad for everyone involved that we were able to get (the side deal) done. This was very unexpected. Molina looked and acted fine all week, but even salt looks like sugar."
Top Rank did not have any notion Molina was heavy until Friday morning, which is when Molina promoter Tom Brown of TGB Promotions called Moretti to inform him that Molina probably would not make weight.
"I've never been overweight before," Molina said. "I tried my best to get it off in the two-hour limit, but I couldn't."
Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs), 29, unified titles with a one-sided decision win against Viktor Postol on July 23 in a career-best performance and will be making his fourth defense against Molina.
Molina (29-6, 23 KOs), 33, of Covina, California, a big underdog, is coming off a significant victory against former junior welterweight world titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov on June 11, a fight for which Molina did make weight.
Lightweights Raymundo Beltran (31-7-1, 19 KOs), 35, a Mexico native based in Phoenix, and Mason Menard (32-1, 24 KOs), 28, of Rayne, Louisiana, both weighed in inside the 135-pound limit for their scheduled 10-round co-feature. Beltran weighed 133.8 pounds and Menard was 134.2.