As we close in on fight night, we can expect that one thing will be different in the highly anticipated Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder rematch. Both men are saying that they will weigh in heavier than their first fight.
In their first meeting, Fury weighed in at 256.5 pounds and Wilder tipped the scale 212.5 pounds. In today’s final press conference prior to their fight, Fury said he’ll weigh in around 270 pounds and Wilder said he could come in as much as 230 pounds.
Fury is known for his crafty footwork and his new trainer Javan “SugarHill” Steward doesn’t see the extra weight slowing down “The Gypsy King.”
“Tyson is six-feet-nine-inches. He’s not six-foot-four-inches or six-foot-five-inches,” said Steward. “He can carry that weight along with the power. He’s a big strong heavyweight and the weight isn’t going to hurt him. He still moves around like a super middleweight.”
The Wilder camp isn’t looking too much into Fury’s expected weight gain as they’re preparing for the best version of Fury to date.
“Whatever they do is what they do,” said Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas. “I think if Tyson comes forward like he’s saying he’s going to do, it’s going to lead for opportunities for Deontay.”
Wilder said he’s been waking up around 230 pounds so he’s expecting to come in around that weight. Deas doesn’t see extra weight on the WBC champion as a problem.
“With Deontay we don’t ever use a scale,” said Deas. “What he weighs is what he weighs. As long as he’s training hard and eating well then he weighs what he weighs. He’s a freak of nature.”
Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO’s) and Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO’s) fought to a draw back in 2018. Their rematch will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday. The fight will be broadcast live on pay per view.