Shane Cameron ready for the bell to ring
New Zealand boxer Shane Cameron (photosport)
New Zealand boxer Shane Cameron felt a mixture of relief and impatience after making the weight for his IBO cruiserweight world title fight against Australian Danny Green in Melbourne.
Cameron snuck below the agreed weight of 89kg at the official weigh-in on Monday night, tipping the scales at 88.5kg ahead of the Tuesday fight. Three-time world champion Green weighed in at 87.15kg.
The pair were weighed twice on Monday, the first time at a public event where the weights of both fighters were not made available.
Cameron said he dropped 1.7kg in a hot bath one hour prior to the final weigh-in but expected to be about 93kg when he climbs into the ring at Hisense Arena.
"This is going to be an epic battle and trans-Tasman rivalry at its purist," the 35-year-old said.
"I have done everything I can, now I'm just waiting for that bell to ring."
Cameron's manager Ken Reinsfield was proud his fighter had shed 8kg to meet the fight weight restrictions which have been set by 39-year-old Green and are lighter than the official cruiserweight restrictions.
"I was always confident Shane would make the weight. He's been putting in the hard yards so this was just really a formality," Reinsfield said.
Cameron, who has been as heavy as 108kg during his professional career, last fought in July when he knocked out American heavyweight Monte Barrett.