Don King Productions is back, and just like that, all eyes will be on Ilunga Makabu as his promoter tries to lure in the sport’s biggest star, Canelo Alvarez, for a fight later on this year. Aside from the scale fail by Michael Moore, all of the other fighters made weight for this card.
Final weights and officials for the six-championship fight card are below.
WBC CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 12 ROUNDS
Ilunga Makabu – 197 lbs.
Thabiso Mchunu – 198½ lbs
Referee: Harvey Dock (New Jersey). Judges: Steve Weisfeld (N.J.), Nathan Palmer (Indiana), Jamie Garayua (Ohio)
WBA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP– 12 ROUNDS
Trevor Bryan – 268 lbs.
Jonathan Guidry – 246½ lbs.
Referee: Lonnie Scott (Ohio). Judges: Nathan Palmer (Indiana), Steve Weisfeld (N.J.), Brian Kennedy (Ohio)
NABA CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE – 10 ROUNDS
Johnnie Langston – 199½ lbs.
Nick Kisner – 198½ lbs.
Referee: George Nichols (California). Judges: Brian Kennedy (Ohio), Jamie Garayua (Ohio), Steve Weisfeld (N.J.)
NABA GOLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE – 10 ROUNDS
DaCarree Scott – 276½ lbs.
Ahmed Hefny – 216 lbs.
Referee: George Nichols (Calif.). Judges: Brian Kennedy (Ohio), Jamie Garayua (Ohio), Nathan Palmer (Indiana)
NABA WELTERWEIGHT TITLE – 10 ROUNDS
Cody Wilson – 145 lbs.
Tre’Sean Wiggins – 145½ lbs.
Referee: Lonnie Scott (Ohio). Judges: Steve Weisfeld (New Jersey), Brian Kennedy (Ohio), Jamie Garayua (Ohio)
NABA MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE – 10 ROUNDS
Michael Moore – 164 lbs.
Anthony Lenk – 159 lbs.
Referee: Harvey Dock (New Jersey). Judges: Jamie Garayua (Ohio), Steve Weisfeld (N.J.), Brian Kennedy (Ohio)
** Moore weighed in over the limit and is not eligible to win the title. **
ABOUT DON KING: RETURN TO GREATNESS, MAKABU-MCHUNU, BRYAN-GUIDRY
WBA Heavyweight Champion Ilunga Makabu (28-2, 25 K.O.s) will defend his crown against WBC Cruiserweight Silver Champion Thabiso Mchunu (23-5, 13 K.O.s), while WBA Heavyweight Champion Trevor Bryan (21-0, 15 K.O.s) will defend his title against Jonathan Guidry (17-0-2, 10 K.O.s) at the Don King Productions six-championship bout fight card on Saturday, Jan. 29, from the W.D. Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio. Additionally, Johnnie Langston (9-3, 3 K.O.s) of Sarasota, Fla., will square off against Nick Kisner (22-5-1, 6 K.O.s) of Baltimore, Md., in a 10-round bout for the NABA Cruiserweight title, and undefeated Decatur, Ga., prospect Dacarree Scott, who has a perfect record of 6-0 with 6 K.O.s, will take on Ahmed Hefny (13-1, 5 K.O.s) of Queens, N.Y., for the NABA Gold Heavyweight Title. Plus, West Virginia’s Cody Wilson (10-3, 7 K.O.s) will meet New York’s Tre’Sean Wiggins (12-5-3, 6 K.O.s) in an NABA Middleweight Title Bout, and the NABA Middleweight Championship will be up for grabs as local product Michael Moore (18-3, 8 K.O.s) of Cleveland, Ohio, battles Anthony Lenk (17-7, 7 K.O.s) of Niagara Falls, NY.
Tickets priced at $550, $350, $250, $275, and $80 are on sale at Ticketmaster or the W.D. Packard Music Hall. The fight card will be televised through Donking.com, DKPBoxing.com, or Itube247.com beginning at 6 p.m. E.T. at a cost of $49.99.