Hearn talks Smith Jnr weight issue, says 181lb mark no necessity

Phil Jay 20/06/2015

Matchroom Promoter Eddie Hearn admitted his disappointment in Paul Smith Jnr for coming in so heavy for his clash with Andre Ward as the Briton prepares to face the toughest opponent of his career.

Smith, 32, scaled 176.4lbs on Friday, a full 4.4lbs over the stipulated catchweight of 172lbs and for this Hearn stated that the former British champion simply made a miscalculation.

“Disappointing Paul didn’t make weight. (He) made a mistake, no excuses (and) life goes on, So does the fight, (he’s) right up against it here (and) will give his all,” said Hearn.

‘Smigga’ was given a mark of 181lbs for a re-weighing on Saturday, which Hearn says Smith didn’t have to do, although ‘The Real Gone Kid’ then scaled 184lbs and lost a total of $60k from his purse. Despite the shock from fans and media alike, Hearn was having none of it when questioned about Smith’s weight on his Twitter account.

“Deal was an increased penalty ($5k per pound) over 181 not that we had to make it,” point out Hearn. “He wasn’t going to take that weight off on (the) day of (the) fight.

“He had to hydrate after weigh in, and if he had to make 181, then he would have had to take weight off today (which is) dangerous.

“He has a certain amount of weight to take off in last 48 hours (and) this time (it) was no different,” he added.

Ward looked cool and calm as the one-time pound for pound number two eased through his weight procedure and goes into tonight’s contest at the Oracle Arena in his hometown as a massive favourite for the win.