By Robert Hough
Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16KOs) weighed 179.8 pounds Saturday morning, meeting the hastily arranged requirement that he not weigh more than 180 pounds several hours before fighting Andre Ward (26-0, 14KOs). Rodriguez weighed 170 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in, which led to an agreement between the camps that he’s weigh 180 or less at 9 a.m., on Saturday, hours before an HBO-televised super middleweight fight at Citizen’s Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.
“I feel good,” the 28-year-old Worcester, Mass., resident said just after he stripped to his underwear and stepped on the scale. “After the weigh-in I was able to do everything I needed to do with hydrating and eating. I feel hydrated and I feel ready to go.”
Rodriguez said he was able to stay calm and focused after the weigh-in. “I was asleep at 8,” he said. “I slept a lot.”
It had been a long battle to try to make 168 pounds, the native of the Dominican Republic admitted. “I had a really hard time making 68 and I wasn’t able to,” he said after stepping off the scale in a hotel conference room.