Elbiali, Pascal Make Weight For Light Heavyweight Crossroads Bout

Ahmed Elbiali and Jean Pascal—along with all other participants—successfully made weight ahead of Friday's light heavyweight crossroads bout, which airs live on FS1 from Hialeah Park Racing & Casino in Hialeah, Florida.

Both boxers came in right at the contractually agreed-upon 178-pound catchweight limit.

Elbiali (16-0, 13KOs) has been regularly showcased since the beginning of adviser Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions series. Most recently, the 27-year old Egypt-born light heavyweight—now based in Miami—scored a 2nd round knockout of Christopher Brooker this past July in Alexandria, Virginia, which also aired live on FS1. Friday's telecat will mark his sixth network appearance, and his debut as a headlining act.

Pascal (31-5-1, 18KOs) is no stranger to the spotlight, having reigned as World light heavyweight champion earlier this decade back when his career has seen better days. The 35-year old from Canada by way of Haiti has just two wins in his past six starts, including a controversial decision over Yunieski Gonzalez in 2015 and a rebuilding win last December. A pair of stoppage losses to Sergey Kovalev suggested the end of his stay among today's relevant light heavyweights, but a strong showing in defeat to unbeaten Eleider Alvarez earlier this year indicated perhaps their is still some air in his proverbial tires.

Their bout tops a televised quadrupleheader which has taken on many changes. Most notable is the late addition of unbeaten heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23KOs)—from Miami by way of Cuba—who faces West Virginia's Daniel Martz in the evening's chief support. The 38-year old locally based southpaw tipped the scales at a near-career high 242.25 pounds in accepting the fight on less than a week's notice, while the 6'7 1/2" Martz (16-5-1, 13KOs) weighed 261.5 pounds, his heaviest fighting weight since April '13.

Also on the show:

- Bryant Perrella (14-1, 13KOs, 146.8 pounds) and Alex Martin (13-2, 5KOs, 146.4 pounds) square off in a 10-round battle of rebounding welterweights

- Stephan Fulton (11-0, 5KOs, 123 pounds) and Adam Lopez (8-0, 3KOs), 123 pounds) meet in an eight-round clash of unbeaten featherweights in the televised opener.


AHMED ELBIALI Miami, FL 16-0 (13 KOs) 178 lbs. vs. JEAN PASCAL Quebec, CAN 31-5-1 (18 KOs) 178 lbs.

LUIS ORTIZ Camaguey, CUB 27-0 (23 KOs) 242.4 lbs. vs. DANIEL MARTZ Clarksburg, WV 16-5-1 (13 KOs) 261.6 lbs.

BRYANT PERRELLA Fort Myers, FL 14-1 (13 KOs) 146.8 lbs. vs. ALEX MARTIN Chicago, IL 13-2 (5 KOs) 146.4 lbs.

STEPHAN FULTON Philadelphia, PA 11-0 (5 KOs) 123 lbs. vs. ADAM LOPEZ Glendale, CA 8-0 (3 KOs) 123 lbs.

WILLE JONES Tampa, FL 5-0 (2 KOs) 144.8 lbs. vs. LIVAN NAVARRO Havana, CUB 6-0 (4 KOs) 146.4 lbs.

RAYNELL WILLIAMS Cleveland, OH 12-0 (6 KOs) 134 lbs. vs. JOSHUA ZUNIGA Torrance, CA 8-0 (3 KOs) 135.8 lbs.

HAROLD CALDERON Miami, FL 13-0 (8 KOs) 147 lbs. vs. ARIEL A VASQUEZ Managua, NIC 12-21-2 (9 KOs) 145.6 lbs.

EDUARDO PEREZ DIAZ Havana, CUB 4-0 (4 KOs) 153.4 lbs. vs. NOE LOZANO Fort Pierce, FL 2-1 151 lbs.

SEMAJAY THOMAS Chicago, IL 7-1 (4 KOs) 144.8 lbs. vs. CHARLES MULINDWA Kampala, UGA 12-5-1 (5 KOs) 142.6

IVAN DYCHKO Rudny, KAZ 2-0 (2 KOs) 245.4 lbs. vs. CARLOS SANDOVAL Douglas, AZ 10-14-1 253 lbs.

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