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Photos/Weights/Quotes: Ajose 139 and Chebah 140
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World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 1-ranked super lightweight contender Olusegun Ajose weighed in at 139 pounds and No. 6-ranked Ali Chebah tipped the scales at 140 pounds during Thursdays weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.

Ajose (29-0, 14 KOs), of Nigeria, and Chebah (33-1, 26 KOs), of France, will square off in the most important fight of their career, a WBC super lightweight eliminator on Friday, Sept. 30, in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.

The 12-round bout, which will be the United States debut for each fighter, will determine the No. 1 mandatory contender for the WBC 140-pound title currently held by Erik Morales.

The No. 5-ranked World Boxing Association (WBA) and 12th-ranked World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight, Darley Perez weighed in at 133 pounds and hard-hitting Oscar Meza measured 136 pounds.

Perez (22-0, 17 KOs), of Colombia, who has never been knocked down as a professional or amateur, will make his ShoBox debut against the battle-tested Oscar Meza (22-4, 18 KOs), of Mexico, in a 10-round lightweight co-feature.

The event, the second of five ShoBox telecasts in eight weeks and first of two within a one-week span, is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions in association with DiBella Entertainment.

What the fighters had to say on Thursday:

OLUSEGUN AJOSE

I dont watch too much tape. When I get in the ring, I improvise. I dont have different plans like Plan A and Plan B.

My style is a little different. I dont like to blend in, I like to stand out.

I cant wait to fight in America. Thats where the big fights are. There are big fights in the U.K., but I couldnt get the fights that I wanted. People are more competitive over here. I want to fight the best.

I want to be a champion. Id love to fight Morales, but if he doesnt want to fight me after this fight Ill fight anyone else. I just want the belt.

Waiting for this fight has been a nightmare. Weve tried to put together this fight for a long time and now were finally going to get in there tomorrow night.

ALI CHEBAH

I know Ajose is a quick, mobile fighter. I will destroy him.

Weve been waiting for this fight for a while. Were ready for our chance.

Were ready to fight for a title after Friday night. Were not sure if Morales will face us, but were ready to fight for a title.

This is the best country in boxing. Were happy to make our debut here and make a name for ourselves.

DARLEY PEREZ

The level of fighting in the U.S. is completely different so were ready to come here and make a statement.

I know Im the hardest working guy in the gym. I always prepare myself. My dream is to become a world champion. I had a great amateur and pro career in Colombia and now Im ready to prove myself in the U.S.

Ive been in the U.S. sparring with some good fighters. The sparring here is much better than Colombia.

Weve had 22 fights as a professional now so wed like to fight for something meaningful within the next year.

OSCAR MEZA

Ive had great preparation for this fight. All Ive done is train since Ive been here in the U.S.

Ive seen a couple of clips of Perez on YouTube but Ive never seen him fight. Thats not a problem for me Ill be ready for him.

Weve been working on our game plan and trying to improve on consistency and rhythm. Weve been working on a lot of different things and I hope it comes out in the ring tomorrow.

In my losses against (Brandon) Rios and (Mercito) Gesta I took those fights on short notice. We had been in the gym for a while getting ready for another fight so we feel ready for this one.

Curt Menefee will call the action alongside ringside analyst Steve Farhood and boxing expert Antonio Tarver. The executive producer is Gordon Hall, with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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