Tyson Fury weighed almost 40 pounds heavier than Deontay Wilder before their third fight in Las Vegas before promising to send his rival home “butchered” on Saturday night.
Both competitors came up with the heaviest weights of their professional careers – although Fury opted to wear sweatpants, a sleeveless t-shirt, and a hat in homage to WWE character The Undertaker when he weighed 19st 11lbs.
Fury, who will also have marginal size and range advantages, is defending the WBC heavyweight title for the first time, which he won when he dethroned Wilder in the last fight between the two fighters 20 months ago.
Wilder took off his top when he reached precisely 17th place, seven pounds heavier than when he first lost his 44-fighter professional career last February. Fury is four pounds heavier from their last meeting.
One excited Fury said of the weights, “It means the complete eradication of a dosser. Total destruction. I’ll take him to the Royal Infirmary after this fight, don’t worry. I’ll send him home slaughtered. “
While the 39 pound weight difference is sizable for this weekend, it’s actually the closest they had in their trilogy, with Wilder being over 40 pounds lighter in their two previous encounters.
As expected, there was no play, as is customary after the weigh-in, as the tensions between the fighters are high all week and they mock each other on stage, as if to make it clearer from a distance.
Wilder said, “The weight was just coming, I wanted to look sexy and feel sexy. I taste sexy too. I bench a little over 350 pounds so I’m not going to rush myself and put his weight on myself and things like that.
“Calm is the key to a storm. I know when I’m not calm my mind is cloudy and you make bad decisions. But if you are calm, you can weather the storm and make good decisions.
“We have rejuvenated myself, reinvented myself, salvation is imminent and I can’t wait to show the world what I’m about. I introduce myself to the world as Deontay Wilder. “
The undefeated Fury (30-0-1, 21KOs) had the last laugh at the last encounter in the ring, showing a display of poise and strength to stop Wilder in the seventh round, leaving the American bloody and broken.
Wilder made a number of excuses for the loss, from the weight of an elaborate ringwalk costume sucking out his legs to an unfounded claim that Fury was loading gloves while coach Mark Breland was fired after throwing in the towel to end their second fight – which came after a controversial draw in their opening game in December 2018.
Wilder (42-1-1, 41KOs) hired Malik Scott as his cornerman for this fight. Scott is a former heavyweight who won 38 of his 42 competitions but never fought for a world title and was knocked out in the first round by Wilder when they met seven years ago.
Fury added, “It’s a shit house that teaches another shit house how to fight. Both are a bunch of losers and both are not worth sausage. He couldn’t teach him anything, the man couldn’t fight himself, he was like a house.
“Here is a man who will destroy you, Dosser. Me, the Gypsy King, Tyson Fury is the name and damn fights are the game. “
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