By Keith Idec
Handicappers have predicted that much more Terence Crawford and Amir Khan will split on Saturday night than Friday afternoon.
Crawford and Khan had almost the same weight as they kicked the New York State Athletic Commission Scale on Friday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York. 31-year-old Crawford weighed 146.4 pounds, slightly less than 32-year-old Khan (146.6) for his ESPN pay-per-view major event Saturday night at The Garden.
Crawford (34-0, 25) KOs) from Omaha, Nebraska, is regularly listed as a 16-1 favorite over Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) from Bolton, England. Crawford – a three-division champion widely regarded as one of the top 2 boxers in the world ̵
Prior to Crawford and Khan adding weight, Loftwares Lopez and Edis Tatli fulfilled their contractual obligations to the extent of NYSAC-Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs), a Brooklyn-born resident of Las Vegas weighed in at the light 135-pound limit for his 12-lap race. The 31-year-old Tatli (31-2, 10 KOs), a native of Kosovo living in Helsinki, Finland, officially came to 134 ½ pounds.
Before Lopez and Tatli gained weight, Shakur Stevenson and Christopher Diaz each came in the featherweight limit of 126 pounds for their 10-round fight.
Stevenson, a 21-year-old Olympic champion from Newark, New Jersey, officially weighed 125 ½ pounds. The 24-year-old Diaz (24-1, 16 KO) from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, was two ounces lighter than Stevenson (125.6 pounds).
The toughest battle of Stevenson's two-year professional career will be the second of four bouts in which ESPN Pay-Per-View airs.
Early Friday afternoon, Felix Verdejo and Bryan Vasquez weighted for their 10-lap lightweight fight.
The 25-year-old Verdejo (24-1, 16 KOs) from San Juan, Puerto Rico, weighed just the light weight at 135 pounds. 31-year-old Vasquez (37-3, 20 KOs) from San Jose, Costa Rica, weighed 135 ¼ pounds, slightly above the division's limit.
The battle of Verdejo-Vasquez will open the pay-per-view of ESPN show at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT ($ 69.95 in HD).
Keith Idec is a senior writer / columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.