WBC heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder tipped the scales at 220.75 pounds while Bermane Stiverne was 254.75 pounds for their mandatory rematch Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
In their first encounter in January 2015, Wilder (38-0, 37 KO’s), 32, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who broke his right hand in the second round, outboxed Stiverne (25-1-1, 21 KO’s), who turned 39 on Wednesday, a Haiti native fighting out of Las Vegas, to a unanimous decision victory. Stiverne hasn’t fought since November 14, 2015, when he defeated Derric Rossy on points, though he was dropped in the first round.
Stiverne had been training to fight fringe contender Dominic Breazeale on the undercard, but agreed to take on Wilder after Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KO’s) tested positive for two banned diuretics, chlorothiazide, and hydrochlorothiazide, in a random urine test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on Sept. 22, and was dropped from the main event.
In the co-feature former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KO’s, 30, of Akron, Ohio, weighed-in at 146 ½ pounds for his 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Silver welterweight title against the hard-hitting Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 12 KO’s), of Cicero, Illinois, who came in at 146 pounds.
Kazakhstan’s Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KO’s), the IBF’s top-ranked contender at 140 pounds and Japan’s Akihiro Kondo (26-5-1, 16 KO’s) are also fighting for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title recently vacated by Terence Crawford, who moved up to welterweight.
The 28-year-old Lipinets weighed-in at 139 ¾ pounds, while Kondo, the No. 3 ranked contender, came in at 139 ½ pounds.
Showtime coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.