|Friday night’s IBO cruiserweight title participants Carl Thompson and David Haye both successfully scaled within the specified 200 lbs weight limit this afternoon (Thursday 9th September) at Wembley’s plush Plaza Hotel.
23-year-old Haye, 10-0 (10), who is coming off a noteworthy third round dismissal of US contender Arthur Williams, was first to hit the scales and exuded the look of a man supremely confident in his own ability and impressive physique. The former English titlist checked in at 14 stone 1lb and 12 ounces for a contest that represents the first major leap towards genuine world-class recognition and respect.
IBO kingpin Thompson, 32-6 (24), was next in line, and like Haye beforehand, looked cocksure and full of bad intentions. The battle hardened veteran captured the IBO belt in February of this year with a stunning come from behind knockout of Sebastian Rothmann and while many have written him off previously, the shape that the self proclaimed ‘Cat’ toppled the scales with showed both his intent and immaculate physical condition. Thompson weighed in at 14 stone 2 lbs and 2 ounces for his first defence of the IBO strap.
The eagerly anticipated main event is expected to commence at approximately 9:20 PM at London’s illustrious Wembley Arena but aside from the tantalising headliner, some decent scraps forge the rest of the bill’s undercard.
The undercard competitors weighed in as follows:
Roman Greenberg weighed 16 stone 6 lbs for his eight round heavyweight battle with Russian Vitali Shkraba, who racked up 15 stone 2 and a quarter lbs. The bout is Greenberg’s 16th professional outing, and marks a significant step up in class for the touted 22-year-old prospect.
Bradford’s brash switch hitter Bobby Vanzie weighed 9 stone 12 and three quarter lbs for his lightweight dustup with the unbeaten Dave Stewart. Stewart, who was originally scheduled to face Peter McDonagh in a challenge for the Bermondsey man’s Southern Area title weighed in at a fit and ready 9 stone 12 lbs for this rearranged eight rounder with Vanzie.
Another eight rounder on the bumper fight card sees Tommy Eastwood tackling the awkward Ovill McKenzie in a non-title cruiserweight affair. Eastwood scaled 13 stone 11 and a quarter lbs for the contest while McKenzie came in at trim 13 stone 11lbs.
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