Wilder (231 pounds) heaviest of career; Fury 273

Feb 21, 2020Dan RafaelESPN Senior Writer Close2013 BWAA Nat Fleischer Award winner for excellence in boxing journalism ESPN.com boxing writer since 2005 Five years at USA TodayLAS VEGAS — Hoping to avoid a repeat of the pushing and shoving that took place between heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury at their…

Wilder (231 pounds) heaviest of career; Fury 273

Feb 21, 2020Dan RafaelESPN Senior Writer Close2013 BWAA Nat Fleischer Award winner for excellence in boxing journalism
ESPN.com boxing writer since 2005
Five years at USA TodayLAS VEGAS — Hoping to avoid a repeat of the pushing and shoving that took place between heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury at their final prefight news conference on Wednesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission mandated that the big men would not be permitted to face off for the traditional photo following their weigh-in Friday.So even though the fighters were kept apart by about 10 feet on a long stage, the rollicking crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena cheered, sang and partied in anticipation of perhaps the biggest heavyweight championship fight since Lennox Lewis retained the title in his long-awaited showdown against Mike Tyson in 2002.Fury and Wilder made separate walks through the floor of the arena to music and the wild cheers of their fans before hitting the scale ahead of the heavily anticipated rematch, also inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, on Saturday (ESPN-Fox PPV, 9 p.m. ET).Fury weighed in first and was a solid 273 pounds, the third-heaviest of his career. He weighed 276 for his return from a 31-month layoff against Sefer Seferi in June 2018 and was 274 for a 2014 bout against Joey Abell.Fury had been telling everyone who would listen that he intended to weigh about 270 pounds with the intent of using the added bulk in an effort to go for a knockout rather than coming in closer to the 256.5 pounds he weighed for the first fight. He intends to use his superb skills and speed that enabled him to outbox Wilder for long stretches 14 months ago, although Wilder scored knockdowns in the ninth and 12th rounds that Fury somehow survived.”I’ve been holding that weight for the last three months in training camp,” said Fury, who will be defending the lineal crown for the sixth time. “I’ve been sparring every day with it, train
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