Jose Luis Castillo Struggling To Make Weight Again?

It appears that the scales of justice may be unbalanced for the upcoming World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight title elimination bout between undefeated No. 1 contender TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY and No. 2 rated JOSE LUIS CASTILLO, the former two-time WBC lightweight champion. Bradley (21-0, 11 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., weighed 143.5 lbs at his seven-day weigh-in, well below the 147 lbs. maximum allowed..

Castillo (56-8-1, 48 KOs), from Mexicali, Mexico, in his last WBC report, did not include his seven-day weight, a clear violation of WBC rules. Castillo, who has a history of not making weight for fights, reportedly weighed 151 lbs at his 30-day weigh-in, leading to speculation that he may be suffering from dietary inflation. The weight limit for their March 8 fight in Cancun, Mexico is 140 lbs.

"The rules are explicit and we expect the WBC to enforce them," said Gary Shaw, Bradley's, co-promoter. "I've been down this road too many times with Castillo and I will not tolerate it again. Castillo, his manager and promoter have a responsibility to adhere to the rules and the WBC is equally accountable to enforce them. It's the only way to maintain a level playing field for both fighters. Bradley is fighting a very popular ex-WBC champion in his own backyard, I don't think we're asking too much. All parties know Castillo's history for not making weight. I'm confident the WBC will make sure Castillo and his team don't try to manipulate the scale at the official weigh-in like they did for the first rematch with Diego Corrales. How it got to this point, four days from the fight, is incomprehensible and inexcusable."

Bradley is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions.

Article posted on 05.03.2008

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