Boxing: Klitschko weighs in lighter than challenger Pulev ahead of title clash
Last Updated: 14/11/14 11:21pm
World champion Wladimir Klitschko weighed in slightly lighter than challenger Kubrat Pulev ahead of Saturday’s heavyweight showdown in Hamburg.
Klitschko faces IBF mandatory challenger Pulev in the 17th defence of his world titles, with his WBO, WBA and IBO belts also on the line.
American boxer Shannon Briggs, who was escorted off the premises on Wednesday after attempting to gate-crash Klitschko's open training session, also tried to disrupt the weigh-in to provoke the champion into fighting him, but was unsuccessful due to the volume of spectators.
The 38-year-old Klitschko tipped the scales at 17st 7lbs 8oz compared to the unbeaten Pulev's 17st 8lbs 9oz, but the champion has a slight height advantage - at six foot, six inches he is an inch and a half taller.
However, the Ukrainian world champion was the clear winner in the rivals' stare down, maybe motivated by Pulev's pre-fight insistence that Klitschko fights "like a girl".
"He has everything you need to be a world champion, but he has no heart. He's like a girl," insisted Pulev.
There is already bad blood between the pair after Klitschko's manager Bernd Boente banned half of Pulev's management team from Monday's pre-fight press conference in Hamburg, which left the challenger fuming.
"This is playground rubbish, either everyone (from his team) comes in or no one," he fumed before boycotting the media event.
The 33-year-old Pulev has 11 knockouts in 20 victories on his unblemished record, while Klitscho has enjoyed 52 knockouts in 62 wins with the last of his three defeats now over a decade ago.