By Kenneth Friedman: Deontay Wilder weighed in at 219 1/2 pounds for Friday’s weigh-in for his title defense of his WBC heavyweight belt against Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This is 4 lbs lighter than the 223 lbs Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) weighed for his last title defense against Dominic Breazeale on May 18 of this year.
The Wilder vs. Ortiz 2 card will be televised on Fox Sports PBC pay-per-view.
Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs) weighed in at 236 1/2 pounds, and looked considerably trimmer than in his first fight against Wilder last year on March 3, 2018. Ortiz lost that fight by a 10th round knockout, but he was competitive every step of the way.
King Kong Ortiz’s weight the lowest since 2015
Ortiz’s weight is the lowest for him in four years since his fight against Byron Polley in June 2015. King Kong Ortiz weighed 230 lbs. for that fight, and he stopped Polley in the 1st round.
Wilder: I will have NO MERCY on Ortiz
“This time around, he knows what it’s going to be. He knows what happened the first time, and he knows what’s going to happen the second time,” said Wilder about Ortiz at after the weigh-in. “He looked good though. As the champion, you want your opponent to look good, and come in shape.
“So come Saturday night, I will have NO MERCY on him when I do what I do. We know what’s coming, but we don’t know when it comes. But when it comes, bam, baby. Goodnight. One thing for sure, just don’t blink, baby. It’s going to be an amazing fight,” said Wilder.
- Highly talented Leo Santa Cruz (36-1-1, 19 KOs) weighed in at 129.5 lbs for his co-feature match against #2 WBA Miguel Flores (24-2, 12 KOs). For his part, Flores tipped the scales at 130 lbs. The WBA Super World super featherweight belt will be at stake for this match. The 31-year-old Santa Cruz is moving up from featherweight where he’s held the WBA title sine 2017. Santa Cruz wants to expand his horizons by fighting at 130, where it’s easier to make weight, and he’s more fights available to him. One of them that Santa Cruz is targeting is against former IBF/WBA 130-lb champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.
- WBA super bantamweight champion Brandon Figueroa (20-0, 15 KOs) weighed in at 122 lbs for his match against a badly overweight Julio Ceja (32-4, 28 KOs). The 27-year-old Ceja came in 4 1/2 pounds over the super bantamweight limit at 126.5 lbs. Ceja won’t be able to fight for Figueroa’s WBA title. If Ceja wins on Saturday night, Figueroa’s WBA title will fall vacant.
Luis Nery weighs one pound over 118-lb limit
- Former WBC bantamweight champion Luis Nery Luis Nery (30-0, 24 Kos) came in one pound over the limit at 119 lbs. for his fight against Manny Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KOs). This is the third time that Nery has failed to make weight since 2018. He lost his WBC bantamweight title last year when he came in overweight for his rematch against Shinsuke Yamanaka. Rodriguez weighed in at 118. Nery was supposed to be defending his WBC bantamweight Silver title. He has 2 hours to lose the pound.
- Leduan Barthelemy 127 vs Eduardo Ramirez 126.5
- Viktor Slavinksyi 127.5 vs Rigoberto Hermosillo 127
- Arnold Alejandro 129.5 vs Jhon Gemino 129.5
- Ángel Alejandro 130.5 vs Mark Yap 132
- Omar Juarez 142.5 vs Kevin Shacks 141
- Jose Manuel Gomez 130 vs Daniel Placeres 129.5
- Marsellos Wilder 197 vs Dustin Long 198.5
- Shin Mondragón 121 vs Juan Centeno 122
- Vito Mielnicki 147 vs Marklin Bailey 143.5