QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC — Yesterday’s weigh-in for HBO’s light-heavyweight championship double-header is in the books with all four fighters make weight without difficulty. Below are pictures from the weigh-in along with predictions on what should be an explosive night of combat at the Colisée Pepsi. The card airs tonight at 10:15 p.m.
TONY BELLEW: 175 LBS.
ADONIS STEVENSON: 174.4 LBS.
PREDICTION: If an upset happens, it’ll likely be in this fight. Bellew is coming in as the challenger but doesn’t view himself in that light from his statements over the last few weeks. Bellew has been adamant that he’ll not only bring the fight to Stevenson, but he’ll overwhelm him and score multiple knockdowns in the process.
Bellew has the skills to do it. He has solid power and works the body well, particularly when he’s able to get inside. Like the champion Stevenson, Bellew doesn’t shy away from exchanges. The deciding factors tonight will likely be two things: speed and power. Although both Bellew and Stevenson can be caught due to their tendency at times to throw wide, looping shots, Stevenson has the faster hands plus more power. When it comes down to who’ll land first (and harder), more often than not it’ll be Stevenson. Bellew will be bringing the fight and possibly might be ahead when it happens, but eventually his aggression will work against him with Bellew running into a big left hand and getting dropped. STEVENSON TKO7 BELLEW
ISMAYL SILLAKH: 174.4 LBS
SERGEY KOVALEV: 174.6
PREDICTION: Sillakh has been MIA on American TV since his shocking TKO upset loss to Denis Grachev back in April 2012. While his stock as the “most feared man in the light-heavyweight division” plummeted, WBO titlist Sergey Kovalev essentially slid right into that spot courtesy of his KO wins over Gabriel Campillo, Cornelius White and Nathan Cleverly. That rep got further solidified by Adonis Stevenson, who’s made it clear that he doesn’t fancy facing Kovalev anytime soon.
With his length and punching power, Sillakh can make this fight interesting if he can somehow get Kovalev’s respect early. In addition, Sillakh has decent speed and is adept at countering. Kovalev starts extremely fast (having not gone past 4 rounds in the last 2 years), so he’ll be putting heavy pressure on Sillakh early on. And considering the issues with Sillakh’s chin, I don’t think his defense nor durability will be enough to withstand the Krusher’s offense. KOVALEV TKO4 SILLAKH