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Friday, September 17, 2021

Weights For Cohen-Nieto

Dr. Stefanie Cohen (1-0, 1 KO) is scheduled to face Marcela Nieto (2-0, 1 KO) tomorrow in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Nieto weighed in at 121.5 pounds, the heaviest of her career. Cohen came in at 125.2 pounds, about a pound and a half more than she weighed in her debut.

When Stefi stepped onto the scale, Nieto peered at the number. Nieto shook her head, threw her hands up, and shook her head some more in resigned disgust. Her reaction was akin to when your mechanic quotes you a price on a replacement catalytic converter after yours was stolen out of your driveway. You figure the price is inflated, but you're powerless to do anything about it.

According to BoxRec and the promoter, Core Sports, the fight is set for the featherweight limit of 126 pounds, which Cohen made with room to spare. There has been no public mention of a catchweight for this fight, but perhaps Nieto was promised one. That seems the only logical explanation for her reaction.

Cohen, 29,  has had to transform her body in her shift from powerlifting, a sport in which she was a record-breaking legend, to boxing. Nieto, 33, has experience in another sport, too. She has at least six fights in MMA.

Stefi and her team have been in Dubai for the week. She toured the Burj Khalifa, by far the tallest building in the world. Completed in 2009 and standing 2,717 feet (828 meters), it is almost 700 feet (200 meters) taller than the second tallest building in the world. From the top, Cohen could surely see Sport Society, the arena where the fight is set to take place.

BoxRec lists Cohen-Nieto as having four three-minute rounds. Typically, women's matches have two-minute rounds. Core Sports announced that the fight will start at 9:15 PM local time, which is 8:15 in Israel, 6:15 in the UK, and 1:15 PM EDT.

Here is a link to video of the weigh-in.

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