Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury both said they’d come in heavier for tomorrow night’s rematch than they were in their Dec. 2018 fight and they delivered on that.
Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO) weighed in today at a career-high 231 pounds, up from 212½ when he fought Fury the first time.
Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO), meanwhile, had said he’d be around 270 this time and came in at 273, the third-highest weight of his career, up from 256½ in the first fight with Wilder.
Much will be made of this — will it slow someone down, will Fury be able to lean on Wilder and wear him out, etc. — but it’s what both guys have been saying they were going to do for weeks now, so it’s not really any surprise.
Fury, who had the crowd at the weigh-in firmly on his side, got in some last-minute trash talk.
“By the way he looks on stage, he looks like a little scared pussy to me,” Fury said. “Deontay said he’s an American, but I told him, Las Vegas is mine. The fans have turned out to see the ‘Gypsy King.’ All my friends are here! We’re ready for a war!”
Wilder said he doesn’t care about the weights, saying it will only slow Fury down, and that he’s used to fighting heavier opponents.
“He’s nervous,” Wilder added. “He’s got 10 trainers, he’s dipping his hands in gasoline to toughen them up. He’s got a cut over his eye, that’s why he’s wearing the glasses. We’re gonna give the fans what they wanna see.”
SuperSport 1 and 5 will cross to the MGM Grand at 4:00 am on Sunday with the headliner due to start at about 6.45 am.
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