Las Vegas (AFP) – American boxer Deontay Wilder will have a career high, but will still be 42 pounds lighter than Tyson Fury for his much-anticipated heavyweight rematch at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
Wilder weighed 105 kg and Fury tipped 273 pounds on Friday as both boxers weighed much heavier than in their first fight 14 months ago. Wilder is 18 pounds heavier and Fury added 15 pounds to his body.
The organizers canceled Friday’s personal photo operation while weighing after the fighters exchanged shots during the final press conference on Wednesday.
But the couple attacked each other from afar on the podium.
“This is my belt. This is mine,” yelled Fury Wilder, who holds the WBC heavyweight title.
The two will compete in the MGM’s Grand Garden Arena on Saturday in one of the biggest heavyweight fights of recent times.
Saturday’s fight tickets have changed hands for up to $ 11,000, while organizers predict the event could generate more than 2 million pay-per-view sales in the U.S. alone.
At the center of the action are two of the most charismatic and skillful protagonists of heavyweight boxing, the hard-hitting “bronze bomber” Wilder and Fury, the eccentric, self-proclaimed “Gypsy King” from Northern England.
Both men will enter unbeaten records in the 12-round competition, with 34-year-old Wilder trying to put Fury’s name on a list with a 42-0 draw and 41 elimination games.
The fight is a classic battle of styles, in which Wilders wields devastating knockout power against Fury’s elusive, mobile defense style.
In her first fight in Los Angeles, Fury recovered from two jerky defeats to win a draw, and miraculously climbed off the canvas on lap 12 to secure some of the loot.
As soon as the last bell rang, the judges decided that it was a controversial tie: 114-112 for Fury, 115-111 Wilder and 113-113.
Wilder will make the 11th defense of his title to break a tie with Muhammad Ali for successive heavyweight defenses.
He tore off Dominic Breazeale in one round last May and achieved a spectacular one-punch knockout in round seven against Luis Ortiz from Cuba in November.
Fury has promised to be more aggressive this time. But cuts are worrying, after needing more than 40 stitches in his last fight in September to patch a terrible cut over his right eye and nondescriptly defeat Otto Wallin.