CINCINNATI - Controversy swirled regarding the weight limit for this weekend's clash between Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados. Once they hit the scales, that same hot topic resurfaced to the headlines, but for an entirely different reason.
As the weight limit was changed more than one week ago from a 142-pound catchweight to the 147-pound welterweight limit, it was Granados - who leaked said news - who struggled with the mark. The Chicago-based veteran boxer tipped the scales at 148 lbs., one pound over the limit for his Showtime-headliner versus Broner, who weighed in at 146.5 lbs.
With both legs of the evening's co-feature - David Avanesyan and Lamont Peterson - both coming in slightly above the welterweight limit for their title fight, claims from Granados that the Ohio boxing commission-approved scale is off suddenly carries validity.
It turns out that the initial scale used was off by one full pound. Granados weighed in on the new scale, checking in at 146.5 lbs. for the evening's main event. Peterson (146.5) and Avanesyan (147) also came correct the second time around.
Opening the live tripleheader - which comes during Showtime's free-preview weekend and will also be streamed live on Twitter in a historic first for cable boxing - unbeaten Marcus Browne faces veteran contender Thomas Williams Jr. in a light heavyweight crossroads bout.
Williams weighed in at 174.5 lbs. for his first fight back since his knockout loss to World light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson last July. Browne was also 174.5 lbs. as the undefeated New Yorker fights for the first time since a controversial split decision win over Radoje "Hot Rod" Kalajdzic.
Saturday's card airs live on Showtime from the Cintas Center at Xavier University campus in Broner's hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.