by David P. Greisman, live at the scales
Light heavyweight titleholders Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov both made weight for their unification bout taking place Saturday night on Showtime at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C.
Hopkins had little trouble coming in below the 175-pound limit, checking in at 172.4 pounds. Shumenov was 174.4 pounds.
They then jawed at each other for an extended period during their staredown.
Hopkins, the former lineal middleweight and light heavyweight champion, captured the International Boxing Federation world title at 175 last year with a decision victory over Tavoris Cloud, becoming the oldest fighter to win a world title. His first defense of that belt, a decision over Karo Murat in October, made him the oldest boxer ever to defend a world title.
The 49-year-old, who is originally from Philadelphia and now lives in Delaware, is 54-6-2 with 32 knockouts and 2 no contests.
Shumenov, a 30-year-old originally from Kazakhstan and now calling Las Vegas home, has held the World Boxing Association title since January 2010. He has only made five defenses in the four years since. Shumenov came back last December after a layoff of a year and a half, scoring a third-round stoppage over Tamas Kovacs. That brought his record to 14-1 with 9 KOs.
- Co-feature fighters Shawn Porter and Paulie Malignaggi both made weight for their welterweight title bout, Porter coming in at 146.8 pounds and Malignaggi coming in at 146.2.
It should be noted that Porter was a little late in arriving — the emcee kept calling for him to report to the side of the stage — and when it was time for him to step on the scale, he took his pants off and weighed in behind the cover of a towel.
Porter, 26, of Akron, Ohio, won the IBF title in December with a decision victory over Devon Alexander. He is 23-0-1 with 14 KOs. Malignaggi, 33, of Brooklyn, N.Y., lost his WBA title last June in a split decision defeat to Adrien Broner. He came back in December and outpointed Zab Judah, moving his record to 33-5 with 7 KOs.
- And in the Showtime main broadcast opener, middleweight titleholder Peter Quillin came in at 159.8 pounds while Lukas Konecny came in at 158.2.
Quillin, 30, of Brooklyn, won his World Boxing Organization title a year and a half ago against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and has defended it successfully twice, scoring stoppages over Fernando Guerrero and Gabriel Rosado. He is 30-0 with 22 KOs.
Konecny, a 35-year-old from the Czech Republic, is 50-4 with 23 KOs, and with a couple of those losses coming in title shots at junior middleweight against Sergiy Dzinziruk in 2008 and Zauerbek Baysangurov in 2012.
As for the preliminary bouts on the undercard:
- Lamont Roach came in at 134.4 pounds, while his opponent, Victor Galindo, came in massively overweight at 142.8 pounds. Golden Boy Promotions executive Eric Gomez said a deal would be made for the ifght to go forward.
This is the pro debut for Roach, who is from Washington, D.C.. Galindo, who is from Puerto Rico, is 1-3 with 1 KO, and his record includes a defeat against American Olympian turned pro lightweight prospect Jamel Herring.
- Sadam Ali came in at 146.2 pounds, while his opponent, Michael Clark, came in at 144.
Ali, 25, of Brooklyn, is 18-0 with 11 KOs. Clark, 40, of Columbus, Ohio, is 44-9-1 with 18 KOs and 1 no contest.
- Zachary Ochoa came in at 139.6 pounds, while his opponent, Hector Marengo, came in at 140.2.
Ochoa, 21, of Brooklyn, is 6-0 with 3 KOs. Marengo, 30, of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, is 6-7-4 with 4 KOs and has gone 1-7-3 since February 2009.
- Marcus Browne came in at 174 pounds, whie his opponent, Otis Griffin, came in at 176.5.
Browne is a 23-year-old prospect from Staten Island, N.Y., who represented the United States in the 2012 Olympics but lost in the opening round of fights. As a pro, he is 9-0 with 7 KOs. Griffin, 36, of Troy, Ala., is 24-15-2 (10 KOs) and has lost five in a row.
- D’Mitrius Ballard came in at 167.8 pounds, while his opponent, Quincy Miner, came in at 165.2.
Ballard, 21, of Temple Hills, Md., is 4-0 with 3 KOs. Miner, 38, is listed on BoxRec.com at 3-5 with no knockouts and 1 no contest, and on the official bout sheet at 3-4. He’s been in the ring twice this year, returning from a layoff of more than five years, and his last win came in February 2008.
- Dominic Wade came in at 163 pounds, while his opponent, Marcus Upshaw, came in at 157.4.
Wade, 24, of Largo, Md., is 14-0 with 10 KOs. Upshaw, 33, of Jacksonville, Fla., is 15-11-2 with 7 KOs and 1 no contest. Upshaw’s record shows him to be a measuring stick opponent who has faced numerous recognizable names, with some of his losses coming against David Lemieux, Marco Antonio Rubio, Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez, Lamar Russ, Patrick Majewski, Osumanu Adama, Tarvis Simms and Edwin Rodriguez. He has only been stopped twice.
- David Grayton came in at 148.2 pounds, while his opponent, Howard Reece, came in at 149.2.
Grayton, of Washington, D.C., is 6-0 with 5 KOs. Reece, of Miami, is 2-4 with 1 KO.
- Chris Alexander came in at 135.2 pounds, while his opponent, Jose Valderrama, came in at 138.6.
Alexander, 21, of Norfolk, Va., is listed on BoxRec at 4-0 with 3 KOs and on the official bout sheet at 4-0 with 4 KOs. Valderrama is 3-7 with 3 KOs, and with all seven of those losses coming consecutively over the past three years.
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