Tyson Fury is ‘mentally lost’ going into his huge heavyweight world championship rematch with Deontay Wilder on Saturday night, according to legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas.
The two giant men meet for a second time this weekend in Las Vegas for Wilder’s heavyweight title after boxing to an epic draw in December 2018.
The Gypsy King weighed in at an enormous 273lbs on Friday, a full 16lbs heavier than he did for the first fight with the Bronze Bomber..
The American has also bulked up, weighing in at a career high 231lbs, 19.5lbs heavier than he was when the pair fought to their classic draw.
Atlas, who has trained heavyweights from Mike Tyson to Alexander Povetkin, does not see Wilder’s weight as an issue, but does believe Fury’s significant increase proves that something is wrong in his camp.
He has completely dismissed the idea that it is part of a game plan, referencing Andy Ruiz’s weight gain ahead of his rematch with Anthony Joshua in December, which turned out to be due to a lack of discipline and resulted in a wide points defeat.
‘I’ve been saying on @espn that something’s wrong with Fury psychology, and now he weighs 273,’ Atlas tweeted.
‘I don’t want to hear how it’s part of a plan, how’d that work for Ruiz? I believe it’s a sign of where he is mentally. Lost.
‘He might go in there to get it over with, to roll the dice, desperation.’
The pair were banned from conducting the traditional pre-fight face-off at the weigh-in due to their antics at Wednesday’s press conference.
The weigh-ins have not impacted the odds for the fight, with the bookmakers still unable to split the two men before their highly-anticipated scrap which should begin at around 5am UK time on Sunday.
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