Gainer Makes Weight at Third Attempt!

22.04.05 - By Harry Summers Jr.: Ahead of their WBA featherweight title clash tomorrow in Jakarta, Indonesia, defending champion Chris John, 34-0-1 (19), comfortably made weight today, weighing in at 125.60lbs, while challenger Derrick "Smoke" Gainer struggled. In fact, the ex-champ, who at 5'9" has a large frame for a featherweight, almost ran out of time!

On the first attempt, Gainer, 39-6-1 (24), weighed in at just over 129lbs. He was then given the customary two-hour deadline to make the 126lb limit. An hour later, he weighed in at 126.95lbs. With just 5 minutes remaining, a drained-looking Gainer finally made the weight, coming in at 125.20lbs.

Some verbal barbs were exchanged between both parties at the weigh-in. This came after a controversial press conference yesterday, which saw an agitated Gainer storm out.

Article posted on 22.04.2005

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