Billy Joe Saunders and Shefat Isufi are set for tomorrow’s WBO super middleweight title fight, which will stream live on ESPN+ in the US and air on BT Sport in the UK, as the two fighters made weight today in Stevenage, England.
Saunders (27-0, 13 KO) came in at the limit of 168, looking lean and fit on the scales. Isufi (27-3-2, 20 KO) was at 167¼.
The fight is for the title recently vacated by Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, who has moved up to 175 pounds. If Saunders wins, he will gain a world title in a second weight class, having already held the WBO middleweight title.
Heavyweights Joe Joyce (8-0, 8 KO) and Alexander Ustinov (34-3, 25 KO) are also ready for tomorrow, not that they had to “make weight,” necessarily. These two absolute units weighed in at 261 and 283¼, respectively. Usually when a heavyweight comes in at something like 283¼ you go, “Oh, wow, must be an out of shape guy,” but nah, the 42-year-old Ustinov is just a tree of a man, listed at 6’7½” and just thick as hell.
The British and Commonwealth super bantamweight titles will also be on the line in a unification fight between Brad Foster (10-0-1, 3 KO) and Ashley Lane (13-8-2, 1 KO). Foster weighed in at 120¾, with Lane at 120½, both below the 122-pound limit.