LAS VEGAS — A heavily pro-Tyson Fury crowd at the MGM Grand Garden on Friday roared its approval as the lineal heavyweight champion weighed in at 273 pounds, giving him a 42-pound advantage over WBC champion Deontay Wilder, who weighed in at a career-high 231 for their title fight on Saturday.
Fury was the heaviest he’s been since weighing in at 274 pounds on Feb. 15, 2014, when he fought Joey Abell. He is 16½ pounds heavier than he was when he fought Wilder to a split draw on Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles.
At 231, Wilder is 18½ pounds heavier than he’s ever been for a fight.
But in neither case, is this a situation like in December where then-IBF-WBA-WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. weighed in at 283 for his fight with Anthony Joshua. Ruiz was clearly out of shape and unable to fight to the standard he’d set in winning the title.
Both Wilder and Fury looked fit and strong, and Wilder’s chest was rippling with muscles. He had an illness a few days before the first fight, which is why he was so light.
The betting line did not move after the weigh-in results became public. Wilder is a -130 favorite at the MGM Grand Sports Book, while Fury is +110.
They were not permitted to pose nose-to-nose for a staredown by the Nevada Athletic Commission after they had a shoving match on Wednesday. They jawed at each other from a short distance away.
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