by David P. Greisman
UPDATE: "Lee Purdy couldn't shift the final [half a pound]," promoter Eddie Hearn wrote on Twitter. "Fight goes ahead with Alexander. If Lee wins, he will fight for [the] vacant title next."
Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino Junior welterweight titleholders Lamont Peterson and Lucas Matthysse both made weight for their main event Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, with Peterson weighing in at the agreed-upon catch-weight of 141 pounds on the nose, while Matthysse was 140 pounds.
Peterson, 29, of Washington, D.C., is 31-1-1 with 16 knockouts. Matthysse, a 30-year-old from Argentina, is 33-2 with 31 knockouts and 1 no contest.
Devon Alexander came in at 146.7 pounds for his welterweight title defense against Lee Purdy, who tipped the scales at 148 pounds. Purdy had until 5:43 p.m. Eastern Time to drop that extra pound.
Alexander, 26, of St. Louis, is 24-1 with 13 KOs. Purdy, 25, of Colchester, Essex in the United Kingdom, is 20-3-1 with 13 KOs.
As for the undercard bouts:
- Shawn Porter weighed in at 150 pounds for his bout against fellow undefeated fighter Phil Lo Greco, who also came in at 150.
Porter, 25, of Akron, Ohio, is 20-0-1 with 14 KOs. Lo Greco, 28, of Toronto, is 25-0 with 14 KOs.
- Light heavyweight prospect Thomas Williams Jr. came in at 175 pounds, as did his opponent, Otis Griffin.
Williams, 25, of Fort Washington, Md., is 13-0 with 10 KOs. Griffin, 35, of Sacramento, Calif., is 24-12-2 with 10 KOs.
- Anthony Peterson, younger brother to Lamont, weighed in at 136.5 pounds for his bout with Dominic Salcido, who also weighed in at 136.5.
Peterson, 28, of Washington, D.C., is 31-1 with 20 KOs and is fighting for the first time since December 2011. Salcido, 29, of Rialto, Calif., is 18-4 with 9 KOs.
- British Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo came in at 159 pounds for his second pro fight, as did his opponent, Edgar Perez.
Ogogo, 24, of Lowestoft, Suffolk, is 1-0 with 1 KO. Perez, 34, of Puerto Rico, is 5-4 with 3 KOs.
- Haroon Khan, younger brother of former 140-pound titleholder Amir Khan, weighed in at 116.5 pounds for his second pro fight. His opponent, Vincente Medellin, was 115 pounds.
Khan, of Bolton, England, is 1-0 with no knockouts. Medellin, 25, of Riverside, Calif., is 0-5, also with no knockouts, of course.
- American Olympian Raushee Warren came in at 118 pounds for his fourth pro fight, while his opponent, Angel Carvajal, came in at 116.
Warren, 26, of Cincinnati, is 3-0 with 1 knockout. Carvajal, 29, of Chicago, is 2-1 with zero knockouts.
- Lightweight prospect Robert Easter weighed 133.5 pounds, while Eduardo Guillen weighed 132 pounds.
Easter, of Toledo, is 3-0 with 3 KOs. Guillen, of Brownsville Texas, is 0-2.
- American Olympian Jamel Herring came in at 134 pounds for his third pro fight. His opponent, Victor Galindo, came in at 134.5 pounds.
Herring, 27, of Coram, N.Y., is 2-0 with 1 knockout. Galindo, who hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico, is 1-1 with 1 knockout.
- Cesar Seda came in at 117.5 pounds for his bantamweight bout., as did his opponent, Miguel Tamayo.
Seda, a 27-year-old from Puerto Rico, is 24-1 with 17 KOs. Tamayo, who hails from Sonora in Mexico, is 14-5-2 with 12 KOs.
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