Tyson Fury weighs in at 273 pounds; Deontay Wilder tips scales at 231
Tyson Fury is the first one introduced on the stage. Wearing a camouflage “Gypsy King” hoodie, Tyson draws plenty of cheers from the crowd as he laughs and shadow boxes on the stage.
Deontay Wilder, wearing shades, then makes his way to the stage, smiling and pumping his fist while filming himself. He walks onto the stage to the sounds of “Mama Said Knock You Out” blaring over the MGM Grand Garden Arena speakers.
Fury is the first one on the scales. He weighs in at 273 pounds.
Wilder, the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, then gets on the scale. He weighs in at 231 pounds.
After getting off the scales, Fury and Wilder engage in some long-distance smack talking and finger pointing for about three minutes before walking off stage.
Tale of the tape
Height: 6-7; Weight: 231; Reach: 83 inches
Height: 6-9; Weight: 273; Reach: 85 inches
Physical faceoff between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder ends in peace
It wouldn’t be a boxing news conference without pushing and profanity. Both and more were there in a final news conference Wednesday, four days before the first punches land at the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch.
Wilder shoved Fury across the stage. Fury shoved back. The inevitable insults followed. Hide the kids.
What could have been ugly, however, ended in peace.
Promoter Bob Arum made sure of it.
“No faceoff, no faceoff,” Arum said from his seat near the stage just as the last few expletives echoed through the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Deontay Wilder is a slight favorite over Tyson Fury in heavyweight rematch
When WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, they’ll not only be trying to break a tie after fighting to a draw 14 months ago at Staples Center . but also ending a two-decade drought since the heavyweights used to headline the biggest fights in Las Vegas.
Wilder-Fury II is arguably the biggest heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas since Nov. 13, 1999, when Evander Holyfield-Lennox Lewis II took place at the Thomas & Mack Center. Lewis won a unanimous decision and then defended his belts at MGM and in his native London.
The 1980s and ‘90s were dominated by Mike Tyson’s historic rise to the youngest undisputed heavyweight champion of all-time. Tyson lost to Buster Douglas on Feb. 11, 1990, but that fight took place in Tokyo, while most of Tyson’s fights during that time were in Las Vegas. After his 1992 rape conviction, Tyson’s comeback fights took place here, including “The Bite Fight” against Evander Holyfield in 1997.
Las Vegas loves it some Tyson Fury
The MGM Grand is the place to be in Las Vegas this weekend ahead of the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch, and the fans attending Friday’s weigh in are throwing their support behind Fury.
Fury is the slight underdog heading into the fight, but he’s a big winner when it comes to vocal support among the fans. It’ll be interesting to see whether the crowd attending Saturday’s fight will be as one-sided in fandom of Fury.
Meanwhile, Wilder doesn’t seem too upset about not being the Las Vegas favorite:
Deontay Wilder’s costumes are as legendary as his knockout punches
Deontay Wilder makes his mark before every fight by slowly marching to the ring masked as a medieval warlord.
In his last fight, he was adorned with a diamond-encrusted crown and a custom armament of Australian gold crystal and Italian creme leather. His garb had 90,000 gems and stones affixed to it. Wilder has the highest knockout ratio of all time in the heavyweight division, and he wants everyone to know through his appearance that he’s the king, resting comfortably atop the division’s throne.
The World Boxing Council champion aims to perform like a Roman god Saturday when he faces Tyson Fury in a rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on a Fox and ESPN+ pay-per-view.
Wilder (42-0-1) will look to one-up his ring walk and land the definitive decision that escaped him the first time he met Fury in a 2018 fight at Staples Center.
Countdown to the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury weigh in
The weight in for Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II is nearly here. The most anticipated rematch in the years for boxing’s heavyweight division officially starts today. It’ll be interesting to see the tale of tape for both boxers once they get onto the scales.
Will we see a reprise of the shenanigans from Wednesday’s news conference? We’ll see soon.