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Fury and Wilder post career-heaviest weights ahead of title fight

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Oct 8 (Reuters) – Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder tipped the scales at their greatest weights but on the eve of their highly-anticipated third fight in Las Vegas on Saturday with the WBC belt on the road.

Fury, who recovered from a twelfth spherical knockdown of their first assembly to earn a draw earlier than dominating Wilder 20 months in the past to take the strap, weighed in at 277 kilos, 5 kilos heavier than of their second fight.

An amped up Fury, who wore a black brimmed hat in an obvious nod to WWE wrestler The Undertaker, was supremely assured he would emerge victorious within the trilogy bout.

Asked what the additional weight on his 6′ 9″ frame meant, the undefeated “Gypsy King” from Wythenshawe, England did not mince his words.

“It means whole obliteration, whole annihilation!” Fury yelled to a supportive crowd assembled for the weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“That’s what 277 kilos means to me.”

The underdog Wilder weighed in at a surprising 238 pounds, seven pounds more than in their last meeting.

The knockout artist from Tuscaloosa, Alabama has kept his emotions in check this week and was mostly unwilling to engage with the loquacious Fury at Wednesday’s news conference or the weigh in, neither of which featured the traditional face-off.

“Calmness is the important thing to the storm,” Wilder said.

“I’m seeking to be calm on this fight so I could make nice choices and present the individuals what I’m all about.

“We have rejuvenated myself, reinvented myself. Redemption is upon us, and I can’t wait to show the world what I’m all about.”

The 39 pound weight distinction marks the smallest differential between the 2 thus far, however Fury mentioned he welcomed the bulked up Wilder.

“It will make him slower. He can’t carry his weight like I can. He’s not a natural big heavyweight, he’s a natural small man,” Fury mentioned of the lean, 6′ 7″ Wilder.

The winner is expected to face Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, who holds the other three titles, for a chance to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis 21 years ago.

Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles
Editing by Christian Radnedge

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Boxing - Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder Weigh-In - MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - October 8, 2021 Deontay Wilder during the official weigh-in REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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