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Deontay Wilder: I've Fought Way Tougher Guys Than Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder, weighing in at 212.5 pounds for his WBC heavyweight world title defense against Tyson Fury on Friday, vowed to knock out the British challenger.

Wilder wore a black leather facemask to the weigh-in outside of Staples Center, but that was as menacing as it got as the two fighters were kept several feet apart for the traditional stare-down in the wake of an explosive final press conference on Wednesday.

Britain's Fury, who finished that event stripped to the waist and offering to engage with Wilder, tipped the scales at 256.5 pounds.

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Wilder, meanwhile, said he was looking forward to getting down to business in the ring on Saturday night.

"Talk is cheap," the American said. "Tomorrow is the time. Actions speak louder than words. It's definitely the most important fight of my career, but it's not the most difficult.

"I've fought way tougher guys than him. I'm going to knock him out."

Wilder's weight is the lightest of his career. He had weighed in at just over 214 pounds for the last defense of his title in March against Luis Ortiz.

The 33-year-old's heaviest career weight came in a 2015 defense against Eric Molina.

Fury, who returned to the ring this year after a more than two-year absence, weighed 258 pounds for his last fight against Francesco Pianeta in August. Fury hopes to pull off a remake of his 2015 Upset of The Year, when he traveled to Germany and outboxed Wladimir Klitschko over twelve rounds for the heavyweight crown.The 30-year-old self-proclaimed 'Gypsy King' had reportedly ballooned to around 400 pounds during his spell out of boxing as he battled depression, drink and drug problems.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by hugh grant on 12-08-2018

Wonder how wilder feels now. If he ever does a best I’ve faced I’m sure we will hear wilder mention Tyson’s name a lot

Comment by REDEEMER on 12-06-2018

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;19309967]Not that he needs it but this is just more proof how stupid Wilder is , when asked is Fury you're toughest opponent his response is ...ive fought way more tougher FIGHTERS than Fury ? :burnout: I really hope he…

Comment by NachoMan on 12-06-2018

[QUOTE=SuperHanz;19331133]lol, this didn't age well.[/QUOTE] You're right about that. Not well at all. I was in here quick to give Fury full credit afterward though. I could not have been more wrong about Fury or Wilder. Wilder got schooled and…

Comment by denium on 12-06-2018

[QUOTE=NachoMan;19310007]Haha, ridiculous. Absolutely nobody is going to make excuses about Wilder coming up short due to his weight. You fools, on the other hand, have spent the last two months preparing your excuses for why Fury is going to get…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 12-06-2018

[QUOTE=NachoMan;19310007]Haha, ridiculous. Absolutely nobody is going to make excuses about Wilder coming up short due to his weight. You fools, on the other hand, have spent the last two months preparing your excuses for why Fury is going to get…

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