By Jake Donovan
Deontay Wilder enjoys a homecoming for the first defense of his heavyweight belt, as he faces Eric Molina in front of what will be a sold-out crowd Saturday evening at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Photos by Stephanie Trapp.
Wilder (33-0, 32KOs) came in at 229 lbs., matching a career-high though still fit and trim across his 6'7" frame. Molina (23-2, 17KOs) weighed 239.25 lbs. for his first career title shot.
The bout airs live on Showtime.
In the televised co-feature, unbeaten Jose Pedraza faces Andrey Klimov for a vacant junior lightweight belt. Pedraza (19-0, 12KOs) tipped the scales at 129.75 lbs., while Klimov (19-1, 9KOs) weighed in at a trim and ready 129 lbs.
12 ROUNDS - WBC LIGHTWEIGHT ELIMINATOR
Ivan Redkach, 134.4 vs. Dejan Zlaticanin, 134.6
10 ROUNDS - WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS JUNIOR MIDDLEWIGHT TITLE
Julian Williams, 153.8 vs. Armen Ovsepyan, 153.2
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox