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Wilder, Fury add weight in settling unfinished rivalry

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By Ponciano "John" Melo Jr. 


LAS VEGAS, Nevada — While there is no limit in the heavyweight division, both Deontay ‘Bronze Boomer’ Wilder and Tyson ‘Gypsy King’ Fury decided to go heavier on their much-awaited clash at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas come Saturday night.

The WBC heavyweight champ Wilder weighed in at 231 pounds while the lineal heavyweight champ Fury is at a massive 273 pounds.

Wilder, who is targeting his 11th successive title defense put 10.5 pounds more compared to when he fought Luis Ortiz last November. The 6’7” American also played the villain’s role during the weigh-in as he received boos from the crowd in attendance.

On the other hand, the 6’9” Gypsy King Fury added 27 pounds after his fight with Otto Wallin last September where he overcame a cut above his right eye to remain unbeaten.

Both heavyweights were banned to have a faceoff in compliance with the decision made by the Nevada Athletic Sports Commission after their heated verbal altercation and shoving at the final press conference yesterday.

But despite being separated, the mouths of the prideful warriors continue to exchange words after the weigh-in.

Fury currently has 29 wins including 20 knockouts, one draw, and no defeat while Wilder holds 43 wins including the impressive 42 knockouts, one draw and still unblemished.

Meanwhile, the US debuting Filipino boxer Jeo Santisima also made the weight at exactly 122 pounds as well as the defending WBO World Super Bantamweight champion Emmanuel Navarrete that will be featured as an undercard in the Fury-Wilder II.


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