By Michael Gluckstadt
Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland
Everyone is excited to see what Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev will do against Cedric Agnew at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall this Saturday night 10 PM ET/PT on HBO's Boxing After Dark. But in what might be a preview of the main event, the undercard action stole the show at the weigh-in as Karim Mayfield and Thomas Dulorme went after each other in the main lobby at Caesars Atlantic City.
There were signs all week that tensions between the two would come to a head. Earlier, HBO cameras captured the two men jawing at each other during an interview during which they had to be seaparted. At the weigh-in, Mayfield took to the scale weighing in at 139.6 pounds, drawing the loudest response of the afternoon from the 150 or so fans gathered in the main lobby. When his junior welterweight opponent weighed in at 139.8, Dulorme's fans made plenty of noise of their own. As the men turned to face each other, Mayfield began yelling in Dulorme's face. The Puerto Rican fighter responded by turning Mayfield's "Hard Hitta" hat around backwards. One man put a finger to the other's throat, the other retaliated by grabbing the throat of his opponent. Someone pushed someone else, posses got involved, and a few rough-and-tumble seconds later the stage was forcibly cleared.
There was some activity around the main event as well. Agnew came in at 175.8 pounds, then weighed again without his clothing, but was still over. It wasn't until an hour later that he came back at his official weight of 174.4, just barely heavier than Kovalev's 174.3. In a friendlier moment than the altercation that would come later, the Russian native offered Agnew a pair of miniature "Krusher"-themed gloves. "My gift to you," he said. "You can put them over your bed."