Tyson Fury believes his weight will ultimately be of little significance as he prepares for his trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder (Match Betting – Fury 4/11, Wilder 9/4, Draw 20/1).
The Gypsy King is aiming to prolong his undefeated record in Nevada with the WBC and The Ring world heavyweight titles on the line.
After a controversial draw in the first fight, Fury defeated Wilder by TKO in Februay 2020 (Win by KO/TKO/DQ/Technical decision – Fury 10/11, Wilder 11/4), inflicting the first defeat on the Bronze Bomber’s career.
Now, part three is set to be the most anticipated fight yet as Fury arrives in America as the hot favourite.
He gained 17 pounds from the first fight to the second to weigh 273 lbs, compared to Wilder’s 231 lbs.
However, coach SugarHill Steward thinks his man could yet still be another 20 lbs heavier, telling Vegas Insider: “It’s not going to be 300 pounds, it’s probably going to be like 290 or something but not 300 exactly.”
The 33-year-old has brushed off the significance of the weigh-in however and says it is just a number.
“It doesn’t matter – weight, size, anything like that to beat anybody,” Fury told Sky Sports.
“You can weigh 14 stone and knock a man spark out, a 25 stone man. It doesn’t really matter, the weight.
“I’m just eating plenty of food. I’ve trained hard enough and that’s it.”
A win for Fury against Wilder would increase speculation over a potential all-British heavyweight unifier with Anthony Joshua.
However, AJ would have to beat Oleksandr Usyk (Match Betting – Usyk 2/5, Joshua 2/1, draw 20/1) in his rematch after a surprise defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last month, where he relinquished the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO belts.