Bruno at his heaviest

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The Independent Online
Frank Bruno will concede 22lbs to the massive American Mike Evans in tonight's heavyweight fight in Glasgow, despite weighing in at his heaviest ever.

Bruno scaled 17st 10lb - the same as Lennox Lewis registered for his contest against Lionel Butler in Sacramento. Evans was 19st 4lb, yet did not look over-fleshy when stepping on to the scales.

Bruno will settle for another quick win even though he knows it could rekindle claims that his route to a fourth world heavyweight title fight is being carefully smoothed. Serious questions were asked about the lack of commitment shown by his last two opponents, Jesse Ferguson and Rodolfo Marin, both dispatched in less than a round. Similar doubts have surrounded Evans, a 36-year-old Californian accused in some quarters of being an overweight, no-hoper.

But Bruno is in no mood to entertain suggestions that he would be wise to get some rounds under his belt - to shake off any ring rust or ensure the credibility of the contest. All he is interested in is clubbing Evans out of the way and claiming the chance he has been promised this summer with the World Boxing Council champion, Oliver McCall.

"There will be no gesturing," the 33-year-old Bruno said. "I won't be messing around. There is too much at stake and I can't afford to let it slip. Evans will have been spurred on by the things said about him. This is his big chance and he'll be going for it."

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