Anthony Dirrell and Kyrone Davis did their part at the scale to advance their crossroads bout.
Both boxers easily made weight for their WBC super middleweight title elimination bout, which takes place Saturday evening at Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles. The bout tops a Fox-televised tripleheader beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
Dirrell weighed a fit and trim 167.4 pounds for the scheduled 12-round bout, while Davis checked in at a stacked 167.6 pounds.
The winner will be in line to face whomever prevails in the March 13 semifinal eliminator between David Benavidez (24-0, 21KOs) and Ronald Ellis (18-1-2, 12KOs), to determine the mandatory challenger to the WBC 168-pound title.
Dirrell (33-2-1, 24KOs) fights for the first time since his second title reign came to a close via 9th round stoppage loss to Benavidez in Sept. 2019. The setback came seven months after regaining the strap in a technical decision win over Avni Yildirim (21-2, 12KOs), who in turn fights for the WBC and WBA super middleweight belts versus defending titlist Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez also set for this Saturday though in Miami, Florida.
Dirrell enjoyed his first reign in a 12-round win over Sakio Bika in their Aug. 2014 vacant title fight rematch.
Davis (15-2, 6KOs) steps up both in weight and competition. The 26-year old from Wilmington, Delaware has traditionally fought as a junior middleweight and most recently at middleweight, having never previously weighed heavier than 161 pounds over the course of his career.
Saturday’s bout marks the Fox-televised debut for Davis, whose most recent ring appearance came in a 4th round knockout of Antonio Todd last January in Philadelphia.
Dirrell is viewed as a -380 betting favorite among several sportsbooks. Gambling news site SportsBettingDime.com views the former titlist as a true -250 favorite and Davis as a +250 betting underdog heading into Saturday's main event.
FOX TV UNDERCARD (8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT)
Jesus Ramos (14-0, 13KOs), Casa Grande, Arizona, 146.8 pounds vs. Jesus Bojorquez (24-2, 18KOs), Tijuana, Mexico, 146.2 pounds—10 rounds, welterweight
Vito Mielnicki Jr. (7-0, 4KOs), Roseland, New Jersey, 146.4 pounds vs. Noe Lopez (10-3-1, 4KOs), Spring, Texas, 146 pounds—8 rounds, welterweight
FS1 BOUTS (7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT)
Michel Rivera (19-0, 12KOs), Miami via Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 144.4 pounds vs. Anthony Mercado Raices (13-4, 11KOs), Camuy, Puerto Rico, 146 pounds—10 rounds, welterweight (146-pound contracted limit)
Anthony Cuba (1-0, 1KO), Fontana, California, 134.2 pounds vs. Diego Elizondo (3-2-2, 0KOs), Carson City, Nevada, 135 pounds—4 rounds, lightweight
Romuel Cruz (4-0-1, 2KOs), Philadelphia via Arecibo, Puerto Rico, 122.4 pounds vs. Luis Valdez (7-6-1, 2KOs), Tijuana, Mexico, 122.6—6 rounds, junior featherweight (televised swing, Fox or FS1)
Jose Valenzuela (6-0, 3KOs), Seattle via Los Mochis, Mexico, 134.8 pounds vs. Clay Burns (9-10-2, 4KOs), Fort Worth, Texas, 134.8 pounds—8 rounds, lightweight
Leon Lawson III (13-0, 6KOs), Flint, Michigan, 152.2 pounds, vs. Ramal Amanov (16-2, 5KOs), Miami via Ganja, Azerbaijan, 153.8 pounds—8 rounds, junior middleweight
Arnold Alejandro (11-1, 10KOs), Dallas, Texas, 131.2 pounds vs. Jeremy Abram (3-2, 0KOs), Cleveland, 129.4 pounds—6 rounds, junior lightweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox