Boxers weigh-in for Cyclone debut show in Cardiff
Earlier today, boxers on Cyclone Promotions’ show at the Ice Arena Wales completed their pre-fight obligations.
Over 100 fans attended the lunchtime weigh-in lunchtime and seven of the night’s nine fights took part.
In the headline contest, Bristol’s reigning IBF world champion Lee ‘Playboy’ Haskins (32-3, 13KO) tipped the scales at 8st 5lbs oz and Mexican challenger Ivan Morales (29-1, 17KO) was a shade lighter at 8st 5lbs.
Both were under the bantamweight limit (8st 6lbs) and Golden Boy Promotions’ matchmaker Robert Diaz breathed a sigh of relief, joking that he wouldn’t have survived the event if Morales was overweight. Diaz also represented Randy Caballero in November, who shockingly weighed 5lbs heavy for a fight with Haskins.
Barry Town’s talented Andrew ‘AC Superstar’ Selby (4-0, 3KO), who was weighing in for a championship fight for the first time as a professional, was more than two pounds under the limit at 7st 11lbs 8oz.
However, things were more complicated for the Midlands’ Louis Norman (11-1-1, 2KO). The visitor was on and off the scales in no time and announced as being underweight but a suspicious Chris Sanigar, manager of Selby, forced him back to the scales. The veteran handler was justified when Norman was actually 0.9lbs heavy.
Norman returned 40 minutes later, wiping all surface sweat from his body before standing on the scales without his underwear. Whatever he had been doing worked as he was now 7st 11lbs 8oz – more than three pounds lighter than originally.
It got heated when Cardiff’s Craig ‘The Kid’ Kennedy (14-0, 8KO) and Belgium’s Joe Tambwe Djeko (9-1-1, 4KO) weighed in, 13st 12lbs 6oz and 14st 1lbs 8oz respectively, for their IBF International cruiserweight title fight.
Djeko took exception to shouts of support from Kennedy’s fans and became animated, trying to stand over the Welshman. They were separated and no lines were crossed but it was apparent that Kennedy is in with a bigger man for the first time since his debut. On that occasion, he knocked out Junior Miller in two rounds.
There was no ill-feeling when Mountain Ash’s Tony Dixon (7-0, 2KO) took to the stage for his shot at the vacant Celtic strap. The ‘Welsh Terrier’ was comfortably inside the welterweight limit [10st 7lbs] at 10st 5lbs 4oz and Belfast’s Paddy Gallagher (9-2, 5KO) was just 15oz’s heavier. There was cause for concern for Dixon’s right shoulder, though – which was evidently sporting severe bruising.
Cheered on by his hometown support, Cardiff’s Frankie Borg (9-5, 3KO) shared a respectful stare-off with Ireland’s Conrad Cummings (8-0-1, 3KO). The former Welsh Area champion was 11st 10lbs 10oz and Cummings was exactly a pound heavier for their non-title six round middleweight contest.
Welsh light-heavyweights Nathan ‘Thunder’ Thorley (4-0, 2KO) and Morgan ‘Sexual Chocolate’ Jones (6-0, 2KO) both received late changes of opponents.
Former Welsh amateur representative Anthony Trow (1-2) was supposed to face Thorley but the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) didn’t sign off his brain scan in time for the paperwork to be completed. Instead, Thorley will face durable journeyman Elvis Dube, who accepted the fight with 24 hours notice.
Erik Mokonzo (2-2, 2KO), who knocked Pontypridd’s Jermaine Asare in a round on his last visit to Wales, had initially agreed to face Jones. However, the Congan withdrew on Wednesday and was quickly replaced by Richard Harrison (1-4).
Completing the Welsh interest at weigh-in, Cardiff’s Mitch Buckland (10-0, 2KO) will end seven months of inactivity against France’s Mohamed Larabi (4-7-1, 2KO). The two-weight Celtic champion looked comfortable at 10st 4lbs and Larabi was just 4oz more.