Wilder vs Fury III: Live updates ahead of the heavyweight fight

imageDeontay Wilder officially weighed 238 pounds on Friday.
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Fury (30-0-1, 21 knockouts) would never moonlight as a bodybuilder, but he weighed in before his last bout with Wilder and weighed 273 solid, if not chiseled, pounds. Wilder weighed 231 pounds, but promised that his punching power would negate the weight loss.

He was wrong, and their match turned into a one-sided defeat. Prior to this third fight, Wilder (42-1-1, 41 knockout) has shed his weight-training highlights. One clip shows him pressing progressively heavier weights down the bench, until he reaches a maximum of 350 pounds.

On Friday, Wilder weighed 238 pounds, while Fury weighed 277 pounds. Unlike other divisions where strategic weight reduction has become the norm, fans can expect roughly the same weight from Saturday Night Fighters.

From a functional standpoint, Wilder’s trainer, Malik Scott, stated that the extra muscle would help Wilder withstand Fury’s cleaning and molting, which helped draw Wilder’s energy into his final bout.

“It will help Deonte to be more physical when it comes to the clinic,” said Scott, who lost to Wilder in 2015. “It will help him be more dynamic.”

But the fighter himself says that functional power is only an auxiliary byproduct. His real motivation for adding muscle to training camp?

“Mostly just for the looks of it,” Wilder said.

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How heavy are these heavyweights?

Sonny Liston weighed 215½ pounds when he successfully defended his heavyweight title against 195½-pound Floyd Patterson in 1963. The next year, Liston, believed to be a larger heavyweight, weighed 218 pounds when he lost the championship to 206-pound Muhammad Ali.

Since then, heavyweights in general have increased. Anthony Joshua, dethroned by Oleksandr Usyak last month, stands 6-foot-6 and weighed 240 pounds for his last fight. Tyson Fury first won the heavyweight title in 2015 from 6-foot-6, 247-pound Wladimir Klitschko.

The elite fighters in the division have grown so large that the World Boxing Council created a new class—bridgerweight, with a 224-pound limit—aimed at fighters heavier than the 200-pound cruiserweight limit, but too small to compete. . 6-foot-7 wilder and 6-foot-9 fury.

Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott said Fury’s size would work against him if Wilder followed his game plan.

“God blessed Fury with plenty of body — to kill Deontay Wilder,” said Scott, who served as Fury’s sparring partner in 2012.

Of course, size alone doesn’t guarantee success for heavyweights. Otherwise the 7-foot-tall Nikolai Valuev and the 7-foot-1 Julius Long would have been among the greats of all time. But for a skilled, versatile fighter like Fury, the outsized shape adds a dimension he thinks opponents can’t handle.

“I’m setting a milestone here,” Fury told reporters last week. “Two 70-plus, 6-foot-9. Stop if you can. Like a steamroller, coming toward you.”

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Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have both promised wins by knockout. They both cannot be right.

In his first bout, Fury employed the cautious, counterpunching style that led him to the world title, and the hard-hitting wilder still held him. A forceful right hand and left hook dropped Fury in the 12th round, and in a bout Wilder was losing on the scorecard, Wilder scored enough points to earn a draw.

Before the rematch, Fury promised aggression, and Wilder’s one-punch power couldn’t keep him from scorching under Fury’s pressure.

This time, Scott says that Wilder cannot depend on power at the expense of other tactics.

“For the last 10, 12 years I’ve seen a guy have a toolbox and only use one tool,” Scott said. “There are at least 100 tools in that toolbox, and he’d always go into battle and use one, maybe two. We have to go into this toolbox and drill everything, because it’s sitting around for so long collecting dust.” doing. That’s what we did. We started from the foundation up.”

One training camp, Wilder says, didn’t convert him from a power puncher to a chess player. Instead, they say that Scott has awakened the Boxer hidden inside him. He says he will diversify his attack, but he is still aiming for a great finish.

“People always talk about skill when they don’t have power, but any fighter, they would love to have power, because we don’t get paid for overtime,” Wilder said. “It’s all good and dandy to show some skill, but at the end of the day or at the end of the night, especially with heavyweights, people come to watch the knockouts.”

Expect almost the same game plan from Tyson Fury.

At times, Fury says that his fighting style changed before his second fight with Deontay Wilder at training camp, when trainer Javan Hill (nicknamed Sugar) cast him as boxer-punchers, Hill said. Coached at the famous Cronk Gym. in Detroit.

“It only took me six weeks to go from a slick-boxing counterpuncher to an aggressive knockout puncture,” Fury said.

For the second time, Fury says that a new game plan came to him after he was knocked down in the final round of the first Wilder fight. Fury spent the second half of that round moving forward, blunting Wilder’s offense in the process. He took that strategy to a rematch and won by technical knockout in the seventh round.

But before this fight, Fury says that his strategy will not change. His goal is to trade punches with Wilder and force the former champion to deal with it.

“I’m going for a full-on attack, all guns blazing,” Fury said. “All infantry, straight out the door, from Round 1.”

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