ARLINGTON, Texas -- Junior middleweight world titleholder Liam Smith and Canelo Alvarez both weighed in at the division limit of 154 pounds on Friday afternoon at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, ahead of their HBO PPV main event on Saturday night (9 ET).
Mexico's Alvarez, the lineal middleweight champion, vacated his sanctioning body belt to move down in weight to challenge England's Smith for his title rather than negotiate a deal with unified middleweight titleholder (and mandatory challenger) Gennady Golovkin in what would be boxing's biggest fight.
"He's a very good fighter, a very tough fighter," Alvarez said of Smith after stepping off the scale. "That's what we prepared for, to give Mexico a beautiful victory [on Mexican Independence Day weekend]. He's a very strong fighter and he likes to engage and that's what I like because it guarantees the fans a great fight."
There were questions about whether Alvarez would be able to make 154 pounds because he has been fighting at his preferred catchweight of 155 pounds for the past several fights and generally looks drained even making that weight.
Flanked by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Alvarez was as light as 154 for the first time since he weighed 152 pounds for his lone career loss, a decision to Floyd Mayweather in their title unification fight in September 2013.
Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs), 26, was 154½ pounds for his knockout of the year against James Kirkland in May 2015.
Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs), 28, who will be defending his world title for the third time, will be fighting in the United States for the first time.
"We're good professionals and we made weight," Smith said. "I'll bring it out of him if he struggled to make weight. If he [starts fast], that's a massive mistake because I'm going nowhere in this fight."
Philadelphia middleweight Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) and Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs), of Rochester, New York, both former world title challengers, both made weight for their 12-round co-feature. Rosado weighed 159¼ pounds and Monroe was 158¾ for a fight that could propel the winner into a Dec. 10 bout against Alvarez, should he defeat Smith.
During the staredown after they made weight, Rosado shoved Monroe hard in the chest and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, the former six-division titleholder and Hall of Famer, immediately stepped in to keep the situation from escalating.
"He was talking some smack, so I'll take care of it," Rosado said. "He don't want a war but that's what it will be Saturday night. We come to bring the pain."
Monroe seemed unfazed by Rosado's actions.
"He do what he do," Monroe said. "He's got 12 rounds tomorrow. It's not personal."
The four fighters in the other two pay-per-view bouts also made weight.
Featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. (21-0, 12 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian from South El Monte, California, was 125½, a half-pound under the weight limit, and Andrew Cancio (17-3-2, 13 KOs), of Blythe, California, was 126. Cancio needed a second attempt to make weight, initially weighing 126½ pounds. He left the scale for a few minutes, came back and stripped nude and made weight -- and then his handlers accidentally dropped the sheet and Cancio flashed the thousands of fans in attendance.
Junior featherweight Diego De La Hoya (15-0, 9 KOs), of Mexico, (Oscar De La Hoya's first cousin) and Puerto Rico's Luis Orlando Del Valle (22-2, 16 KOs) both weighed 121¾ pounds.