TITLE rivals Stuart Hall and Martin Ward comfortably came inside the bantamweight limit at the weigh-in for their IBF World Championship showdown.
Challenger Ward was first on the scales at the Metro Centre, weighing 8st 4 and a quarter pounds.
Hall was just three quarters of a pound heavier, but a pound inside the limit, at 8st 6lb, for the fight on Saturday night.
Hartlepool-trained Ward said: “All the hard work has been done - I just can’t wait to get in there.
“I’m looking to prove a lot of people wrong by winning the world title.”
Hall, who won the title last December against Vusi Malinga in Leeds, said: “I will be nervous Saturday night, but I feel relaxed now.
“The preparation has gone well and I’m just looking forward to defending my title. He won’t be taking it off me.”
The traditional head-to-head pose for the assembled media passed off without incident between two men who are friends as well as rivals.
That was not the case for the weigh-in for the English lightweight championship.
There was a touch of the Alan Pardews as Hartlepool and Fishburn boxer Gary Fox brushed heads with champion Kirk Goodings at their picture pose before promoter Dennis Hobson intervened.
Fox weighed 9st 7 and a half pounds and Sunderland star Goodings 9s 8 and three quarter pounds. The limit is 9st 9lbs.
Bradley Saunders weighed sdead on 10st for his 10-round light-welterweight bout with Scotland’s Mitch Prince (10st 1lb).