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Dirrell, Jack Make Weight, Nearly Brawl At Weigh-In

By Jake Donovan

CHICAGO, IL--  A packed house was on hand for the weigh-in ahead of Friday’s Spike TV-televised card, which takes place at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. The crowd was nearly treated to a fight before the actual fight, as main event players  Anthony Dirrell and Badou Jack had to be separated during a brief on-stage skirmish. 

On the lighter side of news, b oth fighters checked in within the 168 lb. limit; Dirrell (27-0-1, 22KOs) tipped the scales at 167.1 lbs., while Jack (18-1-1, 12KOs) weighed 167.6 lbs. for his first title fight.

The co-feature and opening bout of the televised portion of the show features Daniel Jacobs in his first defense of a secondary middleweight belt. The fighting pride of Brooklyn, NY faces Minnesota’s Caleb Truax (25-1-2, 12KOs), fighting for the third straight time at UIC Pavilion.

Jacobs (28-1, 25KOs) weighed in at 159.4 lbs.; Truax tipped the scales at 159.6 lbs. for his first title fight.

The staging of Dirrell and Jacobs on the same show was hardly coincidental.  Both boxers are cancer survivors who went on to win a major title, the only two fighters in boxing history to do so. 

Their respective feats came one week apart - Jacobs knocked out Jarrod Fletcher in five rounds last August to collect a middleweight belt on his second try; Dirrell followed suit one week later, scoring a 12-round win over Sakio Bika in a rematch to their controversially-scored draw some eight months prior.

Both legs of the Premier Boxing Champions broadcast on Spike TV pit cancer survivors-turned-titlists versus once-beaten first-time title contenders. 

Jack has won two straight since his lone loss, a shocking 1st round knockout at the hands of journeyman Derek Edwards last February. Truax’ lone setback came with a bit more shine, flooring a comebacking version of Jermain Taylor late but ultimately dropping a 10-round decision in April ’12. He has since gone unbeaten in his last eight starts (7-0-1, 5KOs).

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 04-23-2015

Congrats to PBC for everyone on the televised card making weight for the first time [QUOTE=JakeNDaBox;15598136]He did... I believe he was 150 lb. and Stevenson was 151 lb. Everyone on the card made weight on first try. I was in…

Comment by boxing maniac on 04-23-2015

All 3 fights should be action packed. I got Direll, Jacobs and Garcia !

Comment by JakeNDaBox on 04-23-2015

[QUOTE=mark_heat3;15597997]Anyone know if Robert Garcia made weight?[/QUOTE] He did... I believe he was 150 lb. and Stevenson was 151 lb. Everyone on the card made weight on first try. I was in the commissioners room eavesdropping on the rules meeting…

Comment by mark_heat3 on 04-23-2015

Anyone know if Robert Garcia made weight?

Comment by Beercules on 04-23-2015

[QUOTE=dirty fingers;15597770]A little preview of the Dirrell/Jack fight. [img]http://i.ytimg.com/vi/HYFeOtrnUg4/hqdefault.jpg[/img][/QUOTE] :lol1: :lol1: "you just h8in doe"

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