Wilder vs Fury: Gyspy King in fine form at Vegas weigh-in

Wilder vs Fury: Deontay Wilder’s long-awaited rematch with Tyson Fury is nearly upon us with the weigh-in completed in Las Vegas on Friday night.

Fury comes into the fight heavier tipping the scales at 273 pounds, and it comes as no surprise that Wilder is lighter and weighed in at 231 pounds.

Both fighters come into the bout considerably heavier than in their 2018 match, and it is Wilder who has gained the most mass.

The Bronze Bomber has bulked up by nearly 19 pounds, while his opponent was 16½lbs heavier than when he weighed in for the first Wilder vs Fury fight.

Both men have suggested they want to end the fight early, which is backed up by the changes in weight. Wilder, already possessed of tremendous punching power which Fury felt in their first fight, is looking to maximise his concussive power.

Wilder vs Fury: Barred from facing off

After a shoving contest at Wednesday’s press conference, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced Thursday Wilder and Fury were barred from taking part in the traditional pre-fight faceoff.

“The reason the decision was made, on behalf of the commission, is because the press conference spoke for itself,” NSAC executive director Bob Bennett explained to ESPN. “The actions of the two fighters pushing each other, which was not staged, is not indicative of the image of our sport as a major league sport, thus having a faceoff is not in the best interest in the health and safety of the fighters, the public and the event.” 

The fighters were separated by ropes and walls of security to keep them from getting physical ahead of the match.

That did not mean that Fury could resist an opportunity to play some more mind games with Wilder.

The history

Wilder vs Fury 2 follows up a controversial draw in their 2018 fight.

Fury outboxed Wilder for much of the fight but two late knockdowns including one that appeared to be a knockout punch.

The judges scoring (115–111, 112–114, 113–113) caused a great deal of conjecture and both men still feel they won the fight.

Wilder has described this fight as ‘bigger than boxing’ and it is shaping up to be an epic with the biggest draw for a fight in the recent past. It took over a year of negotiations to make the bout happen and boxing fans will be desperate to see a classic heavyweight title bout.

Fury remains undefeated and holds the honour of being the lineal heavyweight champion of the world, but by the same token, Wilder’s record is only blemished by the draw against Fury.

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