Light heavyweight titleholders Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov both made weight for their unification bout taking place Saturday night on Showtime at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C.
Hopkins had little trouble coming in below the 175-pound limit, checking in at 172.4 pounds. Shumenov was 174.4 pounds.
They then jawed at each other for an extended period during their staredown.
Hopkins, the former lineal middleweight and light heavyweight champion, captured the International Boxing Federation world title at 175 last year with a decision victory over Tavoris Cloud, becoming the oldest fighter to win a world title. His first defense of that belt, a decision over Karo Murat in October, made him the oldest boxer ever to defend a world title.
The 49-year-old, who is originally from Philadelphia and now lives in Delaware, is 54-6-2 with 32 knockouts and 2 no contests.
Shumenov, a 30-year-old originally from Kazakhstan and now calling Las Vegas home, has held the World Boxing Association title since January 2010. He has only made five defenses in the four years since. Shumenov came back last December after a layoff of a year and a half, scoring a third-round stoppage over Tamas Kovacs. That brought his record to 14-1 with 9 KOs.