Cunningham-Visinia, Cherry-Akaba weigh-in report
Former cruiserweight titleholder Steve Cunningham weighed in at a trim 205 pounds to Natu Visinia’s 278 pounds for Saturday’s heavyweight bout in Philadelphia, the headliner of NBC SportsNet’s “Fight Night.”
Cunningham (27-6, 12 knockouts) lost his IBF cruiserweight title in 2011 to current RING champ Yoan Pablo Hernandez, then lost a subsequent rematch before moving up to heavyweight. Since then he has gone 3-2, with his losses from a split decision against Tomasz Adamek in 2012 and a seventh-round knockout against Tyson Fury in early 2013. He was last in the ring for a unanimous decision over then-undefeated Amir Mansour, also in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Natu Visinia (10-0, 8 KOs) is from Lakewood, California, and having never fought above a six-rounder will be taking a major step up against Cunningham.
For the co-feature, Edner Cherry weighed in at 132.5 pounds while his opponent, Osumanu Akaba, weighed 134.5 pounds.
Cherry (32-6-2, 17 KOs) has been struggling to return to contender status ever since a unanimous-decision loss to then-WBC 140-pound titleholder Tim Bradley in 2008. He dropped in weight and has fared well since then, going 8-0, though against mostly nondescript opponents. His most significant win was a sixth-round stoppage of former contender Vicente Escobedo in February 2013.
Akaba (31-6-1, 24 KOs) has mainly fought eight-rounders in his hometown of Accra, Ghana, but has ventured beyond to go the 12-round distance against former titleholders Jeffrey Mathebula and Ricky Burns, who both defeated him by unanimous decision. In stereotypical Ghanaian fashion, Akaba has lost by knockout only once, in his fourth professional fight.
The NBC SportsNet telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET.
Other weigh-in results:
DeCarlo Perez (158) vs. Tyrone Brunson (158)
Victor Vasquez (136.5) vs. Gerald Smith (140)
Anthony Abbruzzese (150) vs. Anthony Prescott (147.5)
Roberto Lopez (159) vs. Robert Sweeney (155)
Darryl Gause (169.5) vs. Ryan Bivins (174)