The official results are now in after the fighters of the staggering Brook vs Gavin card weighed-in at the Indigo at the O2, London. (Fellow Brit Amir Khan is currently stateside preparing for Chris Algieri). With 7 fights billed, and a star-studded crowd of British boxers such as James DeGale present, it was quite the spectacle. Matchroom Boxing cameras caught all the action.
Weight’s were announced in Stones by who else than Michael Buffer himself. See our Boxing Weights section if you need pounds or kilos conversions.
Brook vs Gavin – IBF Welterweight Title
Brook (34-0, 23 KO) came in at 10st 6lbs, 4oz, and challenger Gavin (22-1, 13 KO) 10st 6lbs, 9oz. Defending champion Brook looked shredded on the scales, as he usually does before fights. Aesthetically, Gavin’s muscles paled against the champion’s. But let’s not go down that road – this isn’t a body-building contest here.
Unfortunately, however, Brook’s highly-tuned condition makes you wonder just how long Gavin can last in this bout. Pretty soon we’ll find out if Gavin’s technical ability can throw a spanner in the works. On a final note, one wonders if Gavin’s struggled with the weight after receiving just a month’s notice for the fight?
Brook vs Gavin: World Title Undercard
Mitchell vs Linares – WBC Lightweight Title
Kevin Mitchell (39-2, 29 KO) came in at 9st 8lbs, 4oz, and Jorge Linares (38-3, 25 KO) 9st 9lbs 4oz (Linares was given 1 hour to shed the excess). Both men looked in great condition, with Linares appearing the more sculpted. This encounter looks to be a lot more competitive – provided Linares can quickly make weight – than headliner Brook vs Gavin.
Selby vs Gradovich – IBF Featherweight Title
Lee Selby (20-1, 8 KO) came in at 8st 13lbs, 3oz, while champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9 KO) came in at 9st exactly. Again, like that of the Brook vs Gavin chief support (above), this looks like a fight deserving of your full attention.
Joshua vs Johnson – Heavyweight Contest
Anthony Joshua (12-0, 12 KO) came in at 17st 10lbs, 8oz, and veteran Kevin Johnson (29-6-1, 14 KO) at 16st 1lb, 5oz. Johnson was of course the ‘pudgier’ of the two, but credit where it’s due, he hasn’t looked this conditioned for a long time. As for Joshua, the man is just a mountain of muscle. Scary stuff.
Brook vs Gavin: Undercard
Here’s a quick roundup of the remaining supporting bouts:
Cleverly vs Man – Light Heavyweight Contest
Nathan Cleverly (12st 11lbs, 4oz) vs Thomas Man (12st 4lbs, 3oz)
Ryan vs Hibbert – vacant Junior Welterweight Commonwealth Title
John Wayne Hibbert (9st 13lbs) vs Dave Ryan (9st 13lbs, 3oz)
Evans vs Cardle – vacant British Lightweight Title
Craig Evans (9st 7lbs) vs Scott Cardle (9st 8lbs)
British fight fans can catch all the action on Sky Box Office from 5pm tomorrow evening.
Let us know your thoughts on the Brook vs Gavin weigh-in and its supporting bouts in the comments below. It has to be said this is going to be quite a night for British boxing! So go ahead, fight fans – get discussing!
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