Anthony Dirrell, Renan St-Juste Make Weight
|Written by The Sweet Science|
|Friday, 02 December 2011 10:18|
NOTE: WEIGHTS (Dec. 1, 2011) – Unbeaten, top-ranked super middleweight Anthony Dirrell tipped the scales at 167 pounds and fellow world-ranked southpaw Renan St-Juste weighed in at 166 ½ pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Dirrell (23-0, 20 KOs), of Flint, Mich., and St-Juste (23-2-1, 15 KOs), of Canada, will square off in the 12-round main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Dec. 2, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The telecast will originate from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., just one night before the highly anticipated rematch between International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight titleholder Abner Mares and Joseph King Kong Agbeko on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
Hard-hitting ShoBox alum Chris Avalos measured 121 ¾ ounds and Jhonatan Romero weighed in at 121 pounds. Avalos (19-1, 15 KOs), of Lancaster, Calif., will make a ShoBox-record sixth appearance against Colombia’s Romero (19-0, 12 KOs) in a 10-round co-feature battle of up-and-coming super bantamweights.
Prior to Thursday’s weigh in, the world-ranked super middleweights gave their picks for the upcoming Super Six World Boxing Classic Final, a World Championship Unification, on Saturday, Dec. 17 on SHOWTIME®, while Romero gave his predictions for Saturday’s Mares-Agbeko bantamweight world championship showdown and the bantamweight world championship co-feature between Anselmo Moreno and Vic Darchinyan. (Picks are below).
Dirrell is ranked No. 1 in the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 3 in the World Boxing Association (WBA). St-Juste, the WBC’s No. 3-rated contender, represents the first top-10 fighter Dirrell has faced. The bout will serve as a title eliminator for the WBC super middleweight title currently held by Super Six World Boxing Classic finalist Carl Froch.
Friday’s event is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions.
What the fighters had to say on Thursday:
"It's going to be a big fight. I'm ready mentally and physically. I've been training hard, working with my brother (Andre) and the team, Team Dirrell. I'm ready."
“I know Dirrell is an undefeated fighter. He says he's hungry but I know I'm prepared. I'm treating this like a world championship.
“I didn't know until today that I'm the only fighter with six ShoBox appearances. I love the series but I think it's time to move on to the Championship level.
“I think it's better to come in here as the opponent. I'm relaxed. I'm confident. What could be better than beating a guy everyone knows?
Mares-Agbeko prediction: Mares
Moreno-Darchinyan prediction: Darchinyan