Terence Crawford makes the third defense of his WBO Welterweight title against Egidijus Kavaliauskas aka “Mean Machine”. The pair meets in the scheduled for 12 rounds championship bout held at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 15 (AEDT). The contest headlines the fight card live on ESPN.
At the official weigh-in ceremony conducted a day before the fight show the challenger was first to step on the scales, showing 146.6. The champion weighed-in at 147.
Terence “Bud” Crawford (35-0, 26 KO) is a former WBO lightweight champion and former undisputed super lightweight champion. The 32-year-old American boxer claimed WBO welterweight title against former champion Jeff Horn in June 2018, and successfully defended it twice against José Benavidez Jr. and Amir Khan in October the same and year and this past April (respectively), winning all three fights prior to the final bell.
Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17 KO) is a former two-time Olympian. The 31-year-old “Mean Machine” from Lithuania is a WBO welterweight number one contender. Earlier in his career he earned WBO Inter-continental welterweight title against Roberto Arriaza by knockout in the third round. In his previous bout in March he went a full ten-round distance with Ray Robinson, which ended in majority draw.
Also on the card Richard Commey (29-2, 26 KO) makes the second defense of his IBF lightweight title against number one contender Teofimo Lopez (14-0, 11 KO). The athletes weighed-in at 134.2 and 134.4 respectively. The championship bout is also scheduled for 12 rounds.
In addition, Michael Conlan (12-0, 7 KO) and Vladimir Nikitin (3-0, 0 KO) square off in a ten-round battle at featherweight. The pair previously met at 2016 Summer Olympics, where the latter came out victorious. Conlan tipped the scales at 125.8. Nikitin showed 126.
Crawford vs. ‘Mean Machine’ weigh-in results
Terence Crawford (147) vs. Egidijus Kavaliauskas (146.6)
Richard Commey (134.2) vs. Teofimo Lopez (134.4)
Michael Conlan (125.8) vs. Vladimir Nikitin (126)