By Jake Donovan
ORLANDO, FL--In terms of weigh-in rituals, heavyweights Tony Thompson and Malik Scott had the easy part.
For the other 14 fighters on the show, all eventually made weight.
The main event players were gracious enough to participate in Thursday's weigh-in ritual, which is relatively pointless for heavyweights save for one more opportunity to measure up their opponent. Thompson checked in at 263 lbs. - the fifth time in his past six fights in which he's tipped the scales at 260 or above - while Scott came in at a lean and ready 235 lbs.
Their bout will air live on Bounce TV from The Venue at University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.
Four unbeaten fighters grace the televised undercard.
The evening's chief support pits MMA convert Lydell Rhodes versus ambitious Russian prospect Sergey Lipinets in a scheduled 10-round super lightweight battle. Both fighters boast chiseled physiques in having easily made weight. Rhodes (23-0-1, 11KOs) weighed in at 138.8 lbs., while Lipinets (7-0, 6KOs) came in at 139.8 lbs.
Opening the telecast, Javontae Starks (13-0, 7KOs) takes on Puerto Rico's Samuel Figueroa (9-0, 4KOs) in a scheduled eight-round welterweight scrap.
Starks - a Minneapolis native who now lives in Winter Haven, Florida - came in at a lean and ripped 148 lbs.; Figueroa - who now lives in Miami - came in right at the 149 lb. catchweight limit.
Figueroa and his team are dedicating Friday's bout to Prichard Colon, who remains hospitalized and fighting for his life following his tragic fight with Terrel Williams earlier this month.
Tony Thompson, 263 vs. Malik Scott, 235 - 10 rds, heavyweight (TV Main Event)
Lydell Rhodes, 138.8 vs. Sergey Lipinets, 139.8 - 10 rds, super lightweight (TV bout #2)
Javontae Starks, 148 vs. Sammy Figueroa 149* - 8 rds, welterweight (TV bout #1)
Gervonta Davis, 134 vs. Cristobal Cruz, 133.2 - 8/10 rds, lightweight (swing bout)
Miguel Cruz, 150 vs. Anthony Abbruzzese, 155.6 - 6 rds, super welterweight**
Mercio 'King' Figueroa 186.6 vs. Kevin Miller 180.2 - 4 rds, cruiserweightGary Antonio Russell, 121 vs. Eduardo Melendez, 121.2 - 4 rds, super bantamweight
James McGirt, Jr. 162 vs. Demetrius Walker, 164*** - 6 rds, super middleweight
*Figueroa weighed 149.2 lbs. Starks' team forgave the 0.2 lb. overage, acknowledging that there was no need for the southpaw to strip naked to confirm he was on weight.
**Abbruzzese is a late replacement for Jonathan Batista, who sadly was forced to withdraw after being dealt with a family tragedy. Bout was shortened to six rounds in order for commission to approve on short notice.
***Walker initially weighed 167.4 lbs., well over the 165 lb. catchweight limit, but somehow managed to shed 3.4 lbs. - one more pound than necessary - in the allotted one-hour extension.
Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox