Hatton and Malignaggi make weight and face off above.
Latest Boxing News—Ricky Hatton made weight right on the limit for Saturday’s junior-welterweight fight with American Paulie Malignaggi at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday night. Stripped down to his underwear, Hatton, 30, climbed onto the scales and belied suggestions circulating in American boxing circles that he was struggling with his weight, as he looked a lean and trim 140 pounds.
Malignaggi, 27, comfortably made weight, tipping the scales at 139 pounds a little over 30 hours before challenging for Hatton’s Ring Magazine and IBO world championship belts.
Malignaggi (25-1, 5 KOs) was forced to listen to a deafening chorus of Hatton chants from the estimated 2,500 fans that had begun assembling in the Grand Garden Arena some 90 minutes before the weigh-in.
The New Yorker appeared pumped up by the hostile atmosphere as he made weight, gesticulating to the crowd as Hatton took his turn on the scales before leaving the stage without comment. Afterward, Hatton was handed the microphone by ring announcer Michael Buffer and thanked his fans for turning out. “I’m going to make you proud again,” Hatton said.
Hatton Fans Sing It Up.
Paulie Malignaggi being introduced by Miachael Buffer.
Malignaggi hits the scales at 139 pounds.
Chad Dawson takes in the weigh-in.
The Hatton Band entertains.
Elvis is in the house.
Malignaggi all pumped up.
Hatton weighs in at 140 pounds.
The face- off Hatton - Malignaggi.
They are focused and ready to go Hatton - Malignaggi.
Hatton and Malignaggi pose down.
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James Kirkland 156 pounds - Brian Vega 157.
Ben Tackie 148 pounds as he gets ready to take on Matthew Hatton.
Matthew Hatton.weighed in at 148 pounds.
Matthew Hatton and Ben Tackie ready to duke it out.
Matthew Hatton and Ben Tackie face - off.
Lightweight superstar Juan Diaz.
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