Selby and co weigh-in ahead of historic night

Selby and co weigh-in ahead of historic night

Barry Town’s ‘Sugar’ Lee Selby (20-1, 8KO) and Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9KO) have faced off for the final time before their IBF world featherweight title fight. At the first time of asking, Selby weighed 8st 13lbs 3oz and Gradovich weighed 9st – both under the featherweight championship limit of 9st [126lbs] in the O2 Arena in London. A tense and lengthy stare-off commenced with a respectful handshake without any animosity. However, an angry exchange followed moments later as Chris Sanigar, Selby’s manager, and members of Gradovich’s team were separated by security Under the rules of the IBF, who are the sanctioning body of the world title fight, both boxers are required to weigh-in a second time tomorrow morning. IBF regulations state that a boxer must weigh-in between 8am-10am on the day of the fight and may gain no more than 10lbs prior to that point. It’s a process Gradovich is well accustomed to, having defended his title on four previous occasions, whereas Selby has only taken part in a second weigh-in once – when he stopped Joel Brunker in nine rounds of their Final Eliminator in October. Nathan Cleverly (28-2, 14KO) has overcome the first hurdle of his low profile return to the light-heavyweight divsion, weighing in at 12st 11lbs ahead of his eight round fight against Tomas Mans (13-8-1, 8KO), who was 12st 3lbs himself. It will be Cleverly’s first fight back at light-heavyweight – where he once ruled as WBO, European, British and Commonwealth champion – since August 2013. Should the 28-year-old win tomorrow, he’ll bid to become Wales’ first ever two-time champion against WBA Regular world champion Juergen Braehmer on 5 September in Germany. Blackwood’s Craig Evans (14-0, 3KO) and Scott Cardle (17-0, 5KO), who clashed earlier this week in a press conference, also completed formalities for their vacant British title contest. Evans weighed 9st 7lbs 7oz and Cardle weight 9st 8lbs 9oz. Both of the undefeated 25-year-old’s were under the lightweight championship limit of 9st 9lbs [135lbs]. Nick Blackwell (16-3-1, 6KO), who is now based in Cardiff under the guidance of Gary Lockett, gives additional Welsh interest on the card and he weighed in with John Ryder (20-1, 12KO) for the vacant British title. Both boxers weighed under the middleweight championship limit of 11st 6lbs with Blackwell tipping the scales at 11st 5lbs 1oz and Ryder at 11st 5lbs 3oz. The next time all of the boxers will see each other will be in the ring, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Sky Sports Box Office will show ‘Rule Britannia’ exclusively live this Saturday. Buy now at www.skysports.com/brookgavin

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