The wait is almost over and the weigh-in for Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 takes place in Las Vegas tonight (2200 UK, 1700 Eastern Time). The great news is you can watch it live without leaving Furyjoshua.com.
‘The Gypsy King’ and ‘The Bronze Bomber’ meet for a third time with Fury’s WBC, Ring magazine and lineal world heavyweight titles on the line. And the weight provides a fascinating subplot.
When they rematched in Vegas in February 2020, Fury came in surprisingly heavy at 273lbs (19st 7lbs), but used that size to bully and beat up on the much smaller Wilder (231lbs or 16st 7lbs).
Fury way bigger than Wilder
That three-stone advantage was definitely a major factor as Fury produced a much more aggressive gameplan than usual under the tutelage of new head trainer Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward. The result was emphatic – a seventh-round stoppage for Fury.
From the moment his corner threw the towel in, Wilder was enraged. And 20 months on he is still angry. Mark Breland is out as head trainer and long-time friend Malik Scott is in. So will Deontay come in bigger this time? He’s been trying to pack on extra muscle to add to the devastating knockout power he already possesses.
Fury meanwhile has talked in the build-up of coming in as big as 300lbs for this one at T-Mobile Arena. That appears to be wide of the mark, he appeared to be in pretty decent shape when the pair came face to face at the final press conference on Wednesday.
Long wait for this trilogy fight
The other factor which is a fascinating wrinkle here is inactivity. Neither man has fought since that second meeting in February 2020, so 20 long months of waiting through several false starts and one legal ruling.
Th moment of truth is almost here though, and the weigh-in is the penultimate step on the road. Will Wilder get the redemption he craves? Or will it be Fury all the way again? Friday night in Vegas may tell us just a little bit more.