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Heavyweights Wilder and Szpilka weigh-in ahead of Brooklyn bout | Webmarked News

Heavyweights Wilder and Szpilka weigh-in ahead of Brooklyn bout

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American Deontay Wilder to battle Artur Szpilka of Poland for the WBC title. Wilder weighs in at 228.75 pounds, Szpilka at 233.25 pounds.

Heavyweights Wilder and Szpilka weigh-in ahead of Brooklyn bout

American Deontay Wilder to battle Artur Szpilka of Poland for the WBC title. Wilder weighs in at 228.75 pounds, Szpilka at 233.25 pounds.

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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 15, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. VARIOUS OF WBC CHALLENGER ARTUR SZPILKA WEIGHING IN AT 233.25 POUNDS AT BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN

2. VARIOUS OF DEONTAY WILDER, WBC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, WEIGHING IN AT 228.75 POUNDS

3. VARIOUS OF SZPILKA AND WILDER FACING EACH OTHER AND POSING

STORY: A wide-open scramble among heavyweights is underway, illustrated by a pair of world title fights in boxing’s glamour division in an historic night for the sport in Brooklyn on Saturday.

American Deontay Wilder (35-0 with 34 knockouts) puts his WBC title on the line against Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 knockouts) of Poland in a glittering Barclays Center fight card.

On Friday (January 15), the two weighed in at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Wilder weighed in at 228.75 pounds while Szpilka came in at 233.25 pounds.

The fight card marks the first heavyweight championship bouts staged in Brooklyn since 1900 when James Jeffries knocked out James Corbett in the 23rd round.

Wladimir Klitschko ruled the heavyweights for nearly 10 years but last November was shoved off his perch by Briton Tyson Fury, who scored a unanimous decision in Duesseldorf.

Fury collected the WBA, WBO and IBF belts but relinquished the IBF title by booking a rematch with Klitschko instead of fighting a mandatory IBF title bout.

That has reopened jousting for the prized honor of being undisputed heavyweight champion, last achieved by Lennox Lewis in 1999.

Szpilka is trying to become Poland’s first world heavyweight champion.

Tags : Bout, Brooklyn, ahead, Weighin, Szpilka, Wilder, Heavyweights

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