WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and challenger Deontay Wilder will be their heaviest fighting weights when they meet for the third time in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Defending British champion Fury tipped the scales at 277 pounds (125.6 kg) at Friday’s weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, while Wilder came in at 238 pounds.
Fury, who refused to remove his shirt as he stepped onto the scale, weighs four pounds more than the 273 pounds he weighed when he scored a seventh-round knockout over Wilder in their second meeting 20 months ago.
It means Wilder will come 37 pounds lighter than his opponent when he tries to claim his WBC title from undefeated Fury at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.
Wilder’s previous heaviest fightweight was the 231 pounds he weighed during his knockout loss to Fury last year.
Friday’s weigh-in saw both fighters separated by security as Fury once again taunted Wilder with a series of expletives and threats of a gruesome beating.
When asked what his heavier weight would mean, Fury replied, “It means the total elimination of a dispenser.
“Total annihilation. That’s what it means to me: 277 pounds … I’ll take him to the Royal Infirmary after this fight, don’t worry about it.”
When asked for his prediction on how he expected the fight to go, Fury added: “With him badly injured on the ground, smashed to pieces, like he’s been hit by an 18-wheeler.
“The last time he complained that he had broken his skull and an injured arm. Well, I can’t wait for Saturday night. I’m really going to hurt him badly. He will be unrecognizable after the fight. I’ll send him home assassinated. “
Earlier this week, Fury (30-0-1, 21 knockouts) had downplayed the importance of his fight weight, insisting that he had prepared properly.
“I’m not targeting a specific weight, I’m just eating a lot of food,” Fury said. “I have trained hard enough and that’s it. Whatever I weigh at night, I do it, ”said the 33-year-old.
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However, Fury’s failure to remove his jersey during Friday’s weigh-in drew ridicule from Wilder supporters, with a member of the challenger’s entourage intentionally yelling, “Fat man!”
Meanwhile, Fury ruled out Wilder’s decision to change coaches after his loss to the Briton last year.
Wilder is now trained by former heavyweight Malik Scott, who was knocked down in a round by Wilder in 2014.
“It sucks to teach other shit how to bomb,” Fury said. “Both a pack of losers. And both are not worth a sausage. “
Wilder, for his part, refused to compromise with Fury’s incitement, instead emphasizing his calmer approach and “lighthearted” training ground.
“Calm is the key to the storm,” Wilder said.
“I know that when I am not calm, my mind is clouded. And when you have a cloudy mind, it allows you to make bad decisions. But when it’s calm, it can weather the storm.
“I have rejuvenated and reinvented myself. Redemption is upon us. I can’t wait to show the world what I am. “
Saturday’s fight is the third installment in the three-year rivalry between Wilder and Fury.
The two men fought to a strong draw in Los Angeles in 2018 before Fury earned a one-sided victory over the American in their second fight last year.
The trilogy fight continues after an independent referee ruled in May this year that Fury must give Wilder a rematch or be stripped of his title.
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