Liverpool’s premiere crusierweight contender Tony Bellew looked the epitome of cool as ‘The Bomber’ took the scales at St. Georges Hall in his hometown on Friday.
The 31 year-old scaled 14st 3lbs (199lbs) in front of a packed crowd of adoring Merseysiders as the Sky Sports cameras rolled, whilst opponent Nathan Cleverly came in at exactly the same weight and looked considerably more chiselled than his biggest rival.
Cleverly, 27, had no problem engaging in banter with Bellew at the head-to-head as promoter Eddie Hearn watched on as the Briton’s set up Saturday’s clash without the need for any pre-fight physicality.It was much of the same from the previous press conference as the hatred both feel for each other was strictly confined to a verbal nature, which leaves plenty of room for the rough stuff to take place in the ring.
Bellew played to the roaring support he was given as he entertained the fans by picking up two sheep that had been thrown over the barrier and posed for pictures, although Cleverly took everything in good jest and looks ready for a war at the Echo Arena.
Earlier, Anthony Joshua and Michael Sprott kept everything good-natured as they weighed in, whilst James DeGale, Callum Smith and Nikola Sjekloca all made the super-middleweight limit as DeGale’s opponent Periban was 2lbs over.
The only discrepancy on the day was that of George Groves‘ opponent Denis Douglin, who came in four ounces over and was advised by Hearn to take a run around the block and come back within two hours.
World champions Scott Quigg and Jamie McDonnell made their limits easily as the pair gear-up to defend their WBA belts against Hidenori Othake and Javier Chacon respectively.
Editor’s note (13:00 ET / 18:00 GMT): Douglin made weight within the two hour limit. Periban was still a pound over but the fight still goes ahead as planned
Clevely v Bellew II is live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and AWE in the US
Watch the weigh-in video here