We have a fight! Undefeated WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder and unbeaten lineal heavyweight titlist Tyson Fury weighed in on Friday in front of a packed arena ahead of tonight’s mega pay-per-view rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s Wilder, 34, 42-0-1 (41 KOs), came in at a ripped 231-pounds, the highest weight of his career. He was 219.5-pounds when he KO’ed Luis Ortiz last November in their rematch, and 212.5 against Fury in December 2018.
Fury, 31, 29-0-1 (20 KOs), weighed in at 273-pounds, the Englishman’s highest since weighing 276 versus Sefer Seferi in June 2018. That bout ended a two-year, seven-month layoff.
At Friday’s weigh-in, Fury’s arms looked toned and his face lean. However, he did not remove his top at any point. He was 256.5 for the first Wilder fight, a bout that ended in a hotly-debated, 12-round split draw. “The Gyspy King” was able to nullify Wilder’s power for much of the bout. But the “Bronze Bomber” stayed aggressive, dropping Fury once in the ninth and again in the dramatic 12th.
Now the two meet again in the biggest heavyweight bout since Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson squared off in 2002.