LAS VEGAS – Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder were heavier Friday for their rematch than they were when they weighed in for their first fight 14 months ago.
The 6-feet-7 Wilder weighed a career-high 231 pounds when he stepped on the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s scale at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Wilder weighed only 212½ pounds, the WBC heavyweight champion’s lowest weight since his pro debut in November 2008, the day before he fought Fury in December 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Wilder’s previous high was 229 pounds, for victories over Eric Molina and Damon McCreary in June 2015 and September 2012, respectively.
The 6-feet-9 Fury weighed 273 pounds Friday, 16½ pounds more than the 256½ pounds he officially weighed for their first fight. The most he has weighed for pro fight is 276 pounds, for his comeback bout against Sefer Seferi in June 2018.
Fury, 31, intentionally came in heavier for their 12-round rematch because the lineal champion intends to use the additional weight to his advantage against the significantly lighter Wilder, who has won all but two of his 43 professional bouts by knockout. The leaner Wilder, 34, also made of point of weighing more for their rematch because Fury out-weighed him by 44 pounds when they fought to a controversial split draw.
Bob Bennett, the NSAC’s executive director, barred Wilder and Fury from participating in a traditional face-off after they weighed in because they pushed each other and caused an incident at the start of their final press conference Wednesday at MGM Grand. They instead taunted one another from a safe distance before exiting the stage.
The second bout between Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs), of Manchester, England, will headline a four-fight ESPN/FOX Sports pay-per-view show ($79.99 in HD). Wilder will make the 11th defense of the WBC title he won by beating Bermane Stiverne by unanimous decision in their 12-rounder five years ago at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Below are the official weights for the three pay-per-view undercard fights (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT):
Charles Martin (27-2-1, 24 KOs), Las Vegas, 254 pounds vs. Gerald Washington (20-3-1, 13 KOs), Vallejo, California, 236½ pounds, 12 rounds, IBF heavyweight elimination match.
Emanuel Navarette (30-1, 26 KOs), San Juan Zitlaltepec, Mexico, 122 pounds vs. Jeo Santisima (19-2, 16 KOs), Masbate City, Philippines, 122 pounds, 12 rounds for Navarette’s WBO junior featherweight title.
Sebastian Fundora (13-0-1, 9 KOs), Coachella, California, 153½ pounds vs. Daniel Lewis (6-0, 4 KOs), Sydney, Australia, 153 pounds, 10 rounds, junior middleweights.
Below are the official weights for the two fights FS1 and ESPN News will televise (7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT):
Amir Imam (22-2, 19 KOs), Albany, New York, 141½ pounds vs. Javier Molina (21-2, 9 KOs), Norwalk, California, 141½ pounds, 10 rounds, welterweights.
Subriel Matias (15-0, 15 KOs), Fajardo, Puerto Rico, 142 pounds vs. Petros Ananyan (14-2-2, 7 KOs), Abovyan, Armenia, 142 pounds, 10 rounds, welterweights.
Below are the official weights for the four fights that can be viewed via the FOX Sports and ESPN apps (5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT):
Gabriel Flores Jr. (16-0, 6 KOs), Stockton, California, 132½ pounds vs. Matt Conway (17-1, 7 KOs, 1 NC), Pittsburgh, 132½ pounds, 8 rounds, lightweights.
Vito Mielnicki Jr. (4-0, 3 KOs), Roseland, New Jersey, 147 pounds vs. Corey Champion (1-2, 1 KO), Louisa, Virginia, 146 pounds, 4 rounds, welterweights.
Isaac Lowe (19-0-3, 6 KOs), Morecambe, England, 125½ pounds vs. Alberto Guevara (27-5, 12 KOs), El Cajon, California, 126 pounds, 10 rounds, featherweights.
Rolando Romero (10-0, 9 KOs), Las Vegas, 137 pounds vs. Arthur Ahmetovs (5-0, 2 KOs), Delray Beach, Florida, 136 pounds, 8 rounds, junior welterweights.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.