Britain’s Tyson Fury weighed in 19 kilograms heavier than champion Deontay Wilder as the two heavyweights prepare for their much-anticipated WBC title rematch in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday AEDT).
Wilder and Fury fought to a dramatic draw on the scorecards after 12 rounds at the Los Angeles Staples Center in 2018 and both men have gained considerable weight from their original meeting.
Britain’s Fury, who is unbeaten in 30 fights, weighed the heaviest as he tipped the scales at 123.8 kilograms (273 pounds) – a gain of 7.5 kilograms (17 pounds).
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Tyson Fury (R) shoves Deontay Wilder during a pre-fight face off. Picture: APSource:DailyTelegraph
“I’ve been holding that weight for the last two months of training camp and sparring every day with it, 273 pounds of pure British beef,” said Fury.
The 35-year-old American Wilder, who is unbeaten in 42 fights with 41 knockouts , also increased to a career-high 104.7 kilograms (231 pounds) after weighing 97 kilograms (214 pounds) in LA.
“At the end of the day, we’re heavyweights so it really doesn’t matter because I’ve been underweight for pretty much my entire career,” said Wilder when asked about the career milestone weight.
“I don’t care about weight but I’m in a better state and a better mind than last time."
Fury gestures towards Wilder during their official weigh-in. Picture: AFPSource:DailyTelegraph
Wilder added that Fury’s weight is more of a disadvantage going into the American’s 11th title defence as the holder of the WBC belt since 2015. “I’ve always had to fight bigger guys,” Wilder said.
“That’s just only going to slow him down so bring it on! I’m not worried about his weight. I’m telling you, don’t blink.” Because of a melee at the press conference on Wednesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), the board which sanctioned the bout, prohibited any face-offs between the two fighters.
“It’s no secret that I want a knockout against Wilder and by the way he looked on stage, he looks like a scared p***y to me,” Fury said.
Instead, the two boxers stood at a distance on stage, with Fury pointing and screaming expletives at his rival and Wilder retaliating with similar wording. The two unbeaten fighters will be expected in the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena around 4am GMT on Saturday night.
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Originally published asBulked-up Fury and Wilder in fight of the year
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