October 8 (Reuters) – Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder tipped the scales at their biggest weight yet on the eve of their highly anticipated third fight in Las Vegas on Saturday with the WBC belt on the line.
Fury, who recovered from a 12th round reversal in their first meeting to win a draw before outscoring Wilder 20 months ago to take the strap on, weighed 277 pounds, five pounds heavier than during their second fight.
An amplified Fury, who wore a black-brimmed hat in an apparent nod to WWE wrestler The Undertaker, was extremely confident that he would emerge victorious from the trilogy fight.
When asked what the extra weight on his 6’9 “frame meant, the undefeated” Gypsy King “of Wythenshawe, England, didn’t mince words.
“It means total erasure, total annihilation!” Fury shouted at a supportive crowd gathered for the weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“That’s what 277 pounds mean to me.”
Outsider Wilder weighed 238 pounds, seven pounds heavier than when they last met.
The Tuscaloosa, Ala., Playoff artist kept his emotions in check this week and was generally unwilling to engage with the talkative Fury at Wednesday’s press conference or weigh-in, which neither featured nor neither the traditional face-to-face.
“Calm is the key to the storm,” Wilder said.
“I try to be calm in this fight so that I can make good decisions and show people who I am.
“We have rejuvenated, reinvented ourselves. Redemption is upon us and I can’t wait to show the world what I am.”
The 39-pound weight difference marks the smallest differential between the two so far, but Fury said he welcomes the bigger 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 little man,” Fury said of the lean 6ft Wilder. 7 in.
The winner is expected to face Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, who holds the other three titles, for a chance of becoming 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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