British super middleweight contender Paul Smith Jnr tipped the scales just over 184lbs today, a full three pounds over the agreed limit of 181lbs for his imminent clash with Andre Ward.
Smith had already scaled 4.4lbs over the catchweight of 172lbs for his bout opposite the former pound for pound star, losing $45,000 of his purse in the process. Another $5k was to be taken off for each pound Smith weighed over at Saturdays stipulated re-weighing, meaning ‘The Real Gone Kid’ is out of pocket by $60,000 for his trouble.
Unless it was a tactic by him and his trainer Joe Gallagher, Smith has let himself down badly by not being able to make a weight four pounds above his regular championship limit and will be counting the cost even further if he tastes a third straight defeat in Oakland.
The 32 year-old has stated honestly in the build-up that he believes there is only a puncher’s chance of victory for him when he meets on the of the most gifted boxers in the world at the Oracle Arena in a fight that could prove to be his last a world level.
‘Smigga’ had already lost back-to-back world title challenges against Arthur Abraham leading into the Ward fight and needs at the very least an excellent performance in defeat to be given another chance against a top name in the future.