NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - In sweltering heat before a few hundred spectators, IBF super-middleweight champ Lucian Bute and hometown challenger Carl Froch were weighed in outside the arena where they'll do battle Saturday.
A blazing sun, unusual in this northern England town, shone on the stage as the adversaries met the 168-pound super middleweight limit Friday afternoon.
Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) weighed 167.2 pounds compared with 167.5 pounds for Froch (28-2, 20 KOs).
The Montrealer felt right at home on enemy territory, with several fans from his adopted Canada and his native Romania in attendance along with his father and his sisters. They chanted and sang his name repeatedly while politely greeting Froch.
Hundreds of fans are expected to be cheering Bute on when the bell rings.
Froch and Bute smiled and shook hands following the weigh-in, with Bute shrugging off the trash talk from his challenger earlier in the week.
Froch questioned the strength of competition Bute has faced throughout his undefeated career. The Brit is coming off a loss to American Andre Ward in Showtime's Super Six Tournament.
"He has only fought Brian Magee and Glen Johnson," Froch told reporters this week.
"I can beat Lucian Bute. I'm going to be a three-time world champion. That's the kind of stuff legends are made of."
Bute preferred not to talk smack.
"I didn't come to England to denigrate my opponent or argue with everyone," he said. "I let my hands do the talking between the ropes."