Barrios Stripped of Title After Failing to Make Weight
Jorge Barrios was stripped of his WBO Super Featherweight Title today after failing to make weight for his fight against Joan Guzman on Saturday night.
The fight, one of the featured bouts on the Marco Antonio Barrera-Rocky Juarez II undercard (HBO PPV, 9 ET), will still go on. However, the title is vacant. Guzman (25-0, 17 KOs) can win it with a victory.
The former junior featherweight titlist had no problem making weight. He weighed 129 pounds.
Barrios (46-2-1, 33 KOs), who was 132 pounds on his first attempt, had two hours to try to lose the weight. He returned after about an hour and had only dropped a half pound. He said he couldn’t lose more weight, and the title was declared vacant by the WBO.
In the event of a Barrios victory or a draw, the title will remain vacant.
Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer fined Barrios $10,000 of his $150,000 purse for missing weight. Half of the fine money goes to Guzman and half goes to Nevada’s general fund.
Also, Barrios agreed to pay Guzman an additional $10,000 to go through with the fight. Guzman will see his purse increase from $150,000 to $165,000 while Barrios will earn $130,000.
While the fight will still go on, this bout seems to lost some of it’s flare. Even with this happening, it still should be an extremely entertaining night of boxing with three solid fights all on one card.