LAS VEGAS – Deontay Wilder isn’t the least bit concerned about Tyson Fury packing on 16½ additional pounds for their rematch.
Fury intentionally put on more weight because the lineal heavyweight champion claims he wants to aggressively go after Wilder, tire him out by leaning on him and eventually knock out the unbeaten WBC champion. England’s Fury weighed in at 273 pounds Friday for their rematch Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The 6-feet-9 Fury weighed 256½ pounds for their widely disputed split draw in December 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. He officially out-weighed Wilder by 44 pounds in their first fight, and will take a slightly lower 42-pound advantage into their 12-round rematch.
The 6-feet-7 Wilder weighed in at a career-high 231 pounds Friday for their ESPN/FOX Sports pay-per-view main event ($79.99 in HD; 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
“I’m not worried about that,” Wilder told ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna regarding Fury’s weight. “I’ve always had to fight bigger guys, bigger than I. You know, that’s just only gonna slow him down. And [him] holding the weight on me, I’m gonna rock with it, swing with it, rock with it. So, let him bring it on. You know, I’m not worried about his weight. All I’m telling him – don’t blink.”
Before Friday, the 34-year-old Wilder had never weighed in at more than 229 pounds for a professional fight. Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) officially came in at just 212½ pounds for their first fight, though, and was determined to be heavier for their rematch at least in part because he knew Fury would weigh at least 270 pounds.
“I mean, at the end of the day, we’re heavyweights, so it really doesn’t matter about the weight,” said Wilder, who floored Fury once apiece in the ninth and 12th rounds. “As you can see, throughout my whole career I’ve been underweight. I probably out-weighed my opponent maybe four times in my career. So, I really don’t care about weight. It just indicate that I’m in a better state and a better mind than the last time. And I’ve come for the pain.”
Fury’s athleticism, boxing ability and defense troubled Wilder at times 14 months ago. While Wilder expects Fury to be slower when they square off again, Fury thinks he’ll carry that additional weight well.
“I’ve been holding that weight the last two months in training camp,” Fury told FOX’s Kate Abdo after the weigh-in. “I’ve been sparring every day with it, training every day, so the weight’s not a problem. Two-hundred, seventy-three pounds of pure British beef.”
The 31-year-old Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) has weighed more than 273 pounds for just two of his fights, and never more than 276.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.