Weights: Maidana-Alexander, Broner-Perez, Wilder-Hayes
By Jason Kim: Marcos Maidana (31-2, 28 KO’s) had a slight weight advantage over Devon Alexander (22-1, 13 KO’s) in Friday’s weigh-in for Saturday’s big fight card at the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. Maidana, 28, weighed in at 146.75, while the 25-year-old Alexander came in at 146.5.
Alexander has a lot of proving to do, as he’s struggled in his last three fights, losing one of them to Timothy Bradley and winning two of them by controversial decisions over Andriy Kotelnik and Lucas Matthysse. Alexander says he struggled because he was having to cut weight to make the 140 pound limit and it was leaving him weak. Alexander is now fighting at 147, so there can’t be any more weight excuses for him if he looks bad again and loses or wins by another controversial decision at home in Saint Louis.
WBO super featherweight champion Adrien Broner (22-0, 18 KO’s) came in at 130, right on the mark for the super featherweight division for his first defense against unbeaten Eloy Perez (23-0-2, 7 KO’s) in a fight that may go a long ways towards proving who’s the best fighter in the super featherweight division. Perez weighed in at 130. He feels he’s got the talent to pull off an upset over Broner. However, he’s going to be giving away a lot of power and speed in this fight and will be getting hit a lot by Broner unless he can take him out early, which isn’t likely given Perez’s lack of power and speed.
Broner, with his Floyd Mayweather Jr-like fighting style, is a media star in the making and has things going for him that Mayweather will never have, such as being incredibly witty to the point where he could be a stand up comedian or a movie actor if set his mind to it. He comes up with stuff on the fly and it’s hilarious, as if he’s practiced it but he hasn’t. He’s just a good mimic and very funny.
Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (20-0, 20 KO’s) came in at 219lbs for his scheduled eight round fight against 40-year-old journeyman Marlon Hayes (23-10, 11 KO’s). For his part, the 5’9″ Hayes weighed 215.5. He’s fighting for the first time since October 2007, and it will be his first time fighting at heavyweight. Picking a one-punch knockout artist like Wilder has got to be scary feeling for Hayes, as the chances are high that he’s going to get knocked out early in this fight.
Below are all the weights on the card including weights for the other undercard fights:
Marcos Maidana 146.75 vs. Devon Alexander 146.5
Adrien Broner 130 vs. Eloy Perez 130
(WBO super featherweight championship)
Sharif Bogere 137.5 vs. Sergio Rivera 137
Eddie Gomez 154 vs. David Lopez 152.5
Deontay Wilder 219 vs. Marlon Hayes 215.5
Keith Thurman 147 vs. Christopher Fernandez 147.5
Christopher Pearson 155 vs. Jeremy Wood 155.75
Tyrone Chatman 148 vs. Marlon Smith 150
Jose Ponce 198 vs. Johnathan Brown 215