Editor's Note: Beterbiev would come back to scale an hour later and made weight, coming in at exactly 175-pounds to make the division limit.
Artur Beterbiev stripped naked the first time he stepped on the scale Thursday afternoon in Montreal.
It didn’t help his cause, as the defending IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion still came in slightly overweight, 175.2 pounds, for his 12-round, 175-pound championship match against Marcus Browne on Friday night at Bell Centre. The Russian-born, Montreal-based Beterbiev was given two hours to weigh in at 175 pounds or less for his fight with Browne, who officially weighed 174.6 pounds.
Beterbiev, 36, is expected to return to the scale at the contracted weight limit and defend his titles as planned. Browne, 31, is the mandatory challenger for Beterbiev’s WBC belt.
Caesars Sportsbook lists the hard-hitting Beterbiev (16-0, 16 KOs) as a 10-1 favorite to beat Browne (24-1, 16 KOs), a Staten Island native who once held the WBA interim light heavyweight title.
Beterbiev will make the second defense of the WBC light heavyweight championship he won from previously unbeaten Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-1, 14 KOs) in October 2019 in Philadelphia.
Below are the weights for the first five fights ESPN+ will stream Friday, starting at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT.
Marie-Eve Dicaire (17-1, 0 KOs), Quebec, Canada, 153 pounds vs. Cynthia Lozano (9-0, 7 KOs), Monterrey, Mexico, 151.2 pounds, 10 rounds for the vacant IBF junior middleweight title.
Steve Rolls (20-1, 11 KOs), Toronto, 166.8 pounds vs. Christopher Brooker (16-8, 6 KOs), Philadelphia, 166.4 pounds, 10 rounds, super middleweights.
Yan Pellerin (12-1, 5 KOs), Granby, Quebec, Canada, 199 pounds vs. Francisco Rivas (15-2, 5 KOs), Allende, Mexico, 198.2 pounds, 10 rounds for the vacant NABO cruiserweight title.
Arthur Biyarslanov (8-0, 6 KOs), Toronto, 139.6 pounds vs. Alan Ayala Crisosto (9-2, 5 KOs), Guadalajara, Mexico, 138.8 pounds, 8 rounds, junior welterweights.
Batyrzhan Jukembayev (18-1, 14 KOs), Montreal, 150.4 pounds vs. Juan Jose Martinez (28-10, 20 KOs), Mexico City, 158 pounds, 6 rounds, middleweights.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.