The long wait for a heavyweight clash to materialize between Trevor Bryan and Daniel Dubois was extended to the final pre-fight weigh-in.
The absence of an official scale caused an hour-long delay before the pair of heavyweights could officially check in for their secondary WBA heavyweight title fight. The show eventually moved forward, with Bryan and Dubois complying with commission requirements to proceed with their main event at Casino Miami Jai Alai (Saturday, Fite TV PPV, $29.99).
Bryan (22-0, 15KOs) weighed 259.6 pounds, nine pounds lighter than his most recent fight in January. London’s Dubois (17-1, 16KOs) checked in at 241.6 pounds as he fights in the U.S. for the second straight time.
The winner will become the WBA mandatory challenger for unified WBA “Super”/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight titlist Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13KOs), who will face former two-time titlist Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22KOs) in a rematch targeted for August 13 or 20 in Saudi Arabia.
Dubois has scored a pair of early round knockouts, including a first-round stoppage of Joe Cusumano in his U.S. debut last August 29 in Cleveland. The current win streak comes following his lone career defeat, a tenth-round knockout of countryman Joe Joyce in November 2020.
Bryan—a New York native now based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida—is coming off a twelve-round, split decision win over Jonathan ‘The King’ Guidry on the last Don King PPV extravaganza this past January 29 in Warren, Ohio. The fight was more competitive than expected but not to where the outcome should have ever been in doubt. Bryan scored a 12th round knockdown to seal the victory.
The fight marked the first defense of the version of the WBA title he puts on the line this weekend. Bryan won the vacant belt in an eleventh-round stoppage of Bermane Stiverne last January 29 in his adopted hometown of Fort Lauderdale.
Guidry was rewarded for his valiant effort against Bryan with a co-feature slot on Saturday’s undercard. The fighting pride of Dulac, Louisiana takes on his second straight unbeaten opponent in Dacarree Scott ‘Mac Truck’ Scott in a scheduled ten-round bout between squat heavyweights.
The 5’11” Guidry—nicknamed ‘The King’ tipped the scales at 257.8 pounds, than in his split decision defeat to Bryan five months ago. Scott—a 5’10” heavyweight from Decatur, Georgia—weighed 253.6 pounds, well down from his weight of 276 ½ pounds in his split decision win over Ahmed Hefny also on the Don King PPV undercard from this past January.
Below are the weights for the rest of the undercard.
Ahmed Elbiali (21-1, 18KOs), Miami via Cairo, Egypt, 174.4 pounds vs. Dervin Colina (16-1, 14KOs), Coral Gables via Machiques, Venezuela, 174 pounds—10 rds, light heavyweight
Tre'Sean Wiggins (13-5-3, 7KOs), Newburgh, New York, 146.4 pounds vs. Travis Castellon (17-4-1, 12KOs), Fort Lauderdale, 146.8 pounds—10 rds, welterweight
Johnnie Langston (10-3, 4KOs), Sarasota, Florida, 202.8* pounds vs, Isaiah Thompson (6-1-1, 5KOs), Plantation, Florida, 194 pounds—10 rds, cruiserweight
* Langston is 2.8 pounds over the cruiserweight limit, has one additional hour to make weight
Ian Green (15-2, 11KOs), Paterson, New Jersey, 159 pounds vs. Anthony Lenk (17-8, 7KOs), Niagara Falls, New York, 159 pounds—10 rds, middleweight
Raynel Mederos (6-0, 1KO), Miami via Santa Clara, Cuba, 141.8 pounds vs. Ryan Wilson (1-0, 1KO), 142.2 pounds—6 rds, junior welterweight
Luis J Rodriguez (8-0, 8KOs), Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, 167.2 pounds vs. Ryan Adams (8-5-1, 6KOs), St. Louis, 166.8 pounds—6 rds, super middleweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox