Bermane Stiverne will give up a lot of height but carry about a 20 pound weight advantage tomorrow night when he faces unbeaten Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title on Showtime, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO) weighed in at 239 pounds, with Wilder (32-0, 32 KO) coming in at 219. The weight is about average for Stiverne in recent fights, but is the lowest for Wilder since 2012, when he weighed 217 against Owen Beck. He's been between 223 and 229 in his last nine fights.
The main undercard bouts are also good to go. Leo Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KO) weighed in at 121½ to defend his WBC super bantamweight title against Jesus Ruiz (33-5-5, 22 KO), who came in at the division limit of 122 pounds. Amir Imam (15-0, 13 KO) made the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds, with opponent Fidel Maldonado Jr (19-2, 16 KO) at 139.
Live fights start tomorrow night at 8:00 pm EST on Showtime Extreme, with prelim bouts featuring light heavyweight prospect Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (11-0, 9 KO), with the main card triple-header live on Showtime at 10:00 pm EST.