Edwin Rodriguez on Saturday morning made the 180-pound weight-check limit for his fight with Andre Ward when he tipped the scales at 179.8 pounds.
Rodriguez weighed 170 on Friday, two pounds over the super middleweight limit. That rendered him unable to challenge. Ward for his super middleweight title in the main event at Citizens Business Bank Arena (on HBO).
Ward will walk away as champion no matter what happens in the fight. He insisted Rodriguez re-hydrate to no more than 180 Saturday morning, or there would be no fight.
Rodriguez will be forced to give 10 percent of his $1 million salary to Ward and 10 percent to the California State Athletic Commission.
Ward, of Oakland, is 26-0 with 14 knockouts. Rodriguez, of Worcester, Mass. via the Dominican Republic, is 24-0 with 16 knockouts.