Fury tipped the scales at 277lbs during Friday’s heated weigh-in, though was wearing a vest, trousers, mask, watch and hat – the latter an homage to WWE legend The Undertaker.
The self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ is four pounds heavier than he was for his dominant rematch win over the ‘Bronze Bomber’ in February 2020, with his previous heaviest weight being 276lbs on his comeback after 32 months out against Sefer Seferi back in June 2018.
Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward had said earlier this week that his man could be close to 300lbs for this weekend’s bout, saying: “The bigger, the better; the heavier, the stronger.”
Fury weighed 256lbs for the dramatic 2018 split-decision draw Wilder, in which he remarkably bounced back from two heavy knockdowns to finish a wild contest strongly, before going up to 273lbs for a rematch in which he memorably switched tactics and produced a bullying display, dropping his opponent twice en route to an emphatic seventh-round stoppage.
Fury’s weight for this fight surely suggests a similar approach is likely.
Wilder, meanwhile, was 212.5lbs for the first fight and increased that to 231lbs for the second bout in Las Vegas.
He now appears to have added plenty of muscle in his bid to regain the WBC title he previously held for five years and defended on 10 occasions before losing to Fury last year, coming in at 238lbs for Saturday night.
Both boxers traded more insults at a predictably fiery weigh-in, though once again there was no face-off between the two heavyweights in their last meeting before fight night.
Asked what being that heavy meant for the bout ahead, Fury replied: “It means total obliteration of a dosser. Total annihilation. I’m going to put him in the Royal Infirmary after this fight, don’t worry about that.”
Fury also dismissed any positive impact that new trainer Malik Scott may have had on former opponent and sparring partner Wilder since the second fight.
“It’s one s***house teaching another s***house how to fight. Both are a pack of losers and they both ain’t worth a sausage. He couldn’t teach him anything, the man couldn’t fight himself, he was a s***house,” Fury said.
“There’s a man here that’s going to annihilate you, dosser. Me, the Gypsy King, Tyson Fury’s the name and f*****g fighting’s the game.”