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OLEKSANDR USYK defends his WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO cruiserweight titles against Tony Bellew at Manchester Arena tomorrow night (Saturday November 10).
The pair weighed in at Manchester Central this afternoon (Friday November 9) in front of a packed, boisterous crowd.
Both men were under the cruiserweight limit of 14st 4lbs (200lbs). Challenger Bellew hit the scales first, coming in at 14st 3lbs 5oz (199lbs 5oz). Next up was Usyk, with the champion weighing 14st 2lbs 4oz (198lbs 4oz).
Usyk – with a Manchester City football scarf draped over his mouth and shoulders – and Bellew – with a snood covering the bottom half of his face – engaged in an intense close-quarters face-off afterwards, before respectfully shaking hands and embracing.
Bellew then strode to the centre of the stage and pounded his chest, passionately bellowing, “Come on!” to those in attendance.
Usyk responded by raising the flag of Ukraine, which led to boos from Bellew’s supporters, but chants of “Usyk, Usyk” from the vocal contingent of travelling Ukrainians.
Bellew said post-weigh-in: “I feel fantastic. Fat boy is in shape! Usyk is in the deep end. Tomorrow night, there will be war. He’s a formidable champion – one of the pound-for-pound kings of the world. We’re going to create madness tomorrow night.”
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