Tyson Fury’s increased weight for his rematch with Deontay Wilder has been the subject of much speculation – but less has been said about his rival.
Wilder will walk to the ring at his heaviest ever for a professional fight after scaling 231lb on Friday, 21lb more than he did before his first clash with Fury in 2018.
Fury himself will have a 41lb weight advantage over the champion but had long vowed to scaled around 270lb in a bid to seek and destroy rather than rely on the judges.
But Wilder’s weight gain caught the attention of trainer Dave Coldwell who believes it offers an insight into the American’s tactics.
Coldwell, who trained Tony Bellew to a world title, tweeted: “The weight of Wilder is more interesting than the weight of Fury for me.
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“Wilder will surely gas if he doesn’t KO Fury early. Fury is in his head big time as Wilder adapted to what Fury says and does. I think this is gonna be a shoot out!”
Fury will be 16.5lb heavier than he was in their Dec. 2018 meeting, which ended in a draw, when he enters the ring at the MGM Grand on Saturday.
But he insisted the weight will only add to his punching power and not hamper his outstanding defensive movement, which he will need to avoid Wilder’s punishing right hand.
“The weight is not a problem, 273lb of pure British beef,” the 31-year-old Fury (29-0-1) said to cheers from the supportive Las Vegas crowd.
“It’s no secret I’m looking for a knockout.”
Wilder added: “I’ve always had to fight guys bigger than I am and that weight is only going to slow him down.
“The extra weight on me, I’m gonna rock with it.
“And I’m not worried about his weight. What I told him was, don’t blink.”
On Thursday the Nevada State Athletic Commission said it would not permit the pair to faceoff toe-to-toe after the weigh-in after they shoved each other at the opening of their press conference on Wednesday.
They did still manage to exchange some choice words from across the stage, which ended with Fury showing Wilder two middle fingers.