Both WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders and challenger Martin Murray made weight and affirmed their title conflict this coming Friday at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
Saunders (29-0, 14 KOs) hit the scales at 167.3 lb, with Murray (39-5-1, 17 KOs) perusing somewhat higher at 167.4 lb, bringing both securely under the championship reaches of 168 lb.
Introducing the weigh-in coverage were Chris Lloyd and previous middleweight titleholder Darren Barker, who burned through the greater part of his vocation running corresponding to compatriot Murray.
Barker conceded during the post-weight staredown among champion and challenger that we might be going to observe the 38-year-old’s last proficient battle, paying little heed to the result.
“I don’t think he’d at present be going today on the off chance that he had won the belt in one of those other world title battles,” said Barker of Murray, who was unfortunate to draw with Felix Sturm in 2011 and lose on the cards to Sergio Martinez in 2013, preceding being halted by Gennadiy Golovkin and missing out to Arthur Abraham on fine edges in 2015.
“He was so unfortunate with a portion of those difficulties, and what the best approach out it would be in the event that he could pull off the success.
“Also, on the off chance that he does by one way or another beat Saunders, I think he’ll resign on the spot.
“He must work beginning to end and experience the pinion wheels in the event that he is to pull this off. He will leave totally everything in there.”
Saunders, unbeaten as an expert and the hefty top choice, had recently remarked that he needed to guard his title against the Saint Helens man, whose extensive vocation he extraordinarily regards. Notwithstanding, Saunders is likewise sure he will resign him unequivocally on Dec. 4.