Heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko weighed in at 249 for his Saturday defense against Odlanier Solis, who tipped the scales at a surprisingly light (for him) 246.5.
The fight, which takes place at the Lanxess Arena in Colgne, Germany, will be the sixth title defense of Klitschko’s second reign.
Solis, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist from Cuba, is arguably the most skilled challenger the 39-year-old Ukrainian veteran has faced since returning to the sport in late 2008. However, some only viewed the undefeated three-time world amateur champ as a threat if he could control his weight, which he obviously has. Solis (17-0, 12 KOs) has not weighed under 250 pounds for a fight in three years. He has weighed between 260 and 271 for his last four bouts.
Klitschko-Solis will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on EPIX and streamed live on EpixHD.com. The live broadcast and the live stream will begin at 5 p.m. ET with fights from the undercard followed by the Klitschko vs. Solis world title fight at 6 p.m. ET.