FIERY WEIGH-IN SETS UP BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT AT THE O2
Backs turned, Eubank dancing and kisses planted as fighters make weight in London
Dillian Whyte turned his back on Anthony Joshua MBE and Spike O’Sullivan landed a kiss on Chris Eubank Jr. as the top of the bill fighters hit the scales for tomorrow’s blockbuster show at The O2 in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
WATCH: PRESS PLAY BUTTON ABOVE TO SEE SPIKE O’SULLIVAN KISS EUBANK AT WEIGH IN VIDEO.
Joshua and Whyte clash for the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles at the top of the stacked bill, and in front of a packed crowd at the Indigo in The O2, both men looked in fantastic shape. Whyte hit the scales first at 17st 9lbs before Olympic gold medal hero Joshua took to the stage to a thunderous reception, and weighed in at 17st 7lbs.
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As the unbeaten duo squared up to go head-to-head for the fans and cameras, Whyte chose to turn his back on Joshua – before the defending Commonwealth champion walked around the Brixton man to go face-to-face for the last time before they meet in the ring.
Joshua and Whyte’s weigh-in followed an eventful one featuring Eubank Jr. and O’Sullivan. Before the fighters took to the scales, British boxing legend Chris Eubank Sr. entertained the crowd with some stylish dancing, before O’Sullivan shed his dapper suit and bow tie combination to scale 11st 5lbs. Eubank Jr. followed O’Sullivan onto the scales, but was three ounces over on his first attempt. Before he returned to make the wait at the second attempt a short time after, Eubank Jr. and O’Sullivan went face-to-face, with the Irishman planting a kiss on Eubank Jr., which was the reason the Brighton man refused to face-off with his Cork foe at the first press conference for the fight.
Joshua vs. Whyte and Eubank Jr. vs. O’Sullivan top a huge night of action at The O2 as Kevin Mitchell meets Ismael Barroso for the WBA Interim Lightweight title with the winner facing newly crowned WBA supremo Anthony Crolla.
Tony Bellew faces Mateusz Masternak for the vacant European Cruiserweight title, Joshua’s fellow Olympic gold medal hero Luke Campbell MBE defends his WBC International Lightweight title against Yvan Mendy, Paulie Malignaggi challenges Antonio Moscatiello for the EU Welterweight title and Heavyweight star Dereck Chisora also features.
Running order (subject to change) with weights (where available)
4pm 4 x 3 mins Welterweight Contest
TED CHEESEMAN v IAN HENRY
4.20pm 4 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight Contest
JAKE BALL v RICHARD HORTON
4.40pm 6 x 3 mins Super-Featherweight Contest
MARTIN J WARD v ELVIS GUILLEN
4 x 3 mins Featherweight Contest
REECE BELLOTTI v SAMUEL ESCOBAR
LIVE ON SKY SPORTS BOX OFFICE – 5.05pm
12 x 3 mins Vacant EU Welterweight Championship
PAULIE MALIGNAGGI v ANTONIO MOSCATIELLO
8 x 3 mins Heavyweight Contest
DERECK CHISORA v JACOV GOSPIC
12 x 3 mins WBC International Lightweight Championship
LUKE CAMPBELL MBE v YVAN MENDY
Followed by (approx. 7.45pm)
12 x 3 mins Vacant EBU Cruiserweight Championship
TONY BELLEW (14st 3lbs) v MATEUSZ MASTERNAK (14st 2lbs 8oz)
12 x 3 mins WBA Interim Lightweight Championship
KEVIN MITCHELL (9st 8lbs 8oz) v ISMAEL BARROSO (9st 8lbs 3oz)
12 x 3 mins Eliminator for No1 WBA Middleweight Championship
CHRISTOPHER EUBANK JR (11st 5lbs)* v GARY O’SULLIVAN (11st 5lbs)
Followed by (approx. 10.45pm)
12 x 3 mins Vacant British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship
ANTHONY JOSHUA MBE (17st 7lbs) v DILLIAN WHYTE (17st 9lbs)
* Eubank Jr. made the weight at the second attempt after being three ounces over in his first attempt.