Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury both said they’d come in heavier for tomorrow night’s rematch than they were in their Dec. 2018 fight, and they delivered on that.
Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO) weighed in today at a career-high 231 pounds, up from 212½ when he fought Fury the first time. Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO), meanwhile, had said he’d be around 270 this time, and came in at 273, the third-highest weight of his career, up from 256½ in the first fight with Wilder.
Much will be made of this — will it slow someone down, will Fury be able to lean on Wilder and wear him out, etc. — but it’s what both guys have been saying they were going to do for weeks now, so it’s not really any surprise.
Fury, who had the crowd at the weigh-in firmly on his side, got in some last-minute trash talk.
“By the way he looks on stage, he looks like a little scared pussy to me,” Fury said. “Deontay said he’s the American, but I told him, Las Vegas is mine. The fans have turned out to see the ‘Gypsy King.’ All my friends are here! We’re ready for a war!”
Wilder said he doesn’t care about the weights, saying it will only slow Fury down, and that he’s used to fighting heavier opponents.
“He’s nervous,” Wilder added. “He’s got 10 trainers, he’s dipping his hands in gasoline to toughen them up. He’s got a cut over his eye, that’s why he’s wearing the glasses. We’re gonna give the fans what they wanna see.”
In the heavyweight co-feature, Charles Martin (27-2-1, 24 KO) and Gerald Washington (20-3-1, 13 KO) will meet in an IBF eliminator set for 12 rounds. Martin weighed in at 254 and Washington at 236½, which is standard for both guys.
Emanuel Navarrete (30-1, 26 KO) will defend his WBO junior featherweight title for possibly the last time. There was talk of him struggling to make weight, but he got on and weighed in at the limit of 122 pounds, as did challenger Jeo Santisima (19-2, 16 KO). It looks like Navarrete could be headed up to featherweight soon, though, and that could produce some really good fights by the end of this year or maybe next year in the Top Rank stable.
The pay-per-view opener is set for 10 rounds in the junior middleweight division, with Sebastian Fundora (13-0-1, 9 KO) and Daniel Lewis (6-0, 4 KO) weighing in at 153½ and 153, respectively, both just under the 154-pound limit.