Wilder vs Fury : The latest news and odds
After much dispute about whether the weigh off would happen or not, both fighters got up on the scales and weighed in on Friday for the heavyweight fight. No punches thrown, no late cancellations – it’s all good to go.
Wilder (40-0, 39 KO) weighed in at a lean 212½, his lowest weight since his pro debut back in 2008, while Fury (27-0, 19 KO) came in at 256½, about where he was for his August win over Francesco Pianeta.
The pair have 67 wins between them but American Wilder is confident heading into the fight. Wilder said he will administer a “brutal knockout” of his rival at the Staples Center.
With 39 knockouts from 40 bouts, the 33-year-old has power which makes him possibly the “greatest puncher of all time” according to Fury.
There are rumours Fury will switch from his preferred right-handed orthodox stance to southpaw – as he did against Dereck Chisora in 2014 – in order to flummox Wilder.
“He’s going to be busted.” Fury said. “There’s going to be blood everywhere.”
Decorated trainer Freddie Roach, who Fury has hired as his cut man, told BBC Sport: “I’ve watched two films of Wilder facing southpaws and he had trouble with both of them.”
The Los Angeles bout comes less than six months after Fury’s return from a 30-month lay-off, during which he battled depression and accepted a backdated two-year ban from UK Anti-Doping.
Speaking to BBC Sport about his boxing return, Fury said: “I don’t remember a bigger comeback ever, someone coming from further away.
“I don’t believe someone has gone up to 28 stone, lost all that weight, come back. I don’t remember people suffering with all the problems I suffered with. So it ranks up there with the best comebacks of all time.
“The most important thing for me to do on Saturday is have fun. It’s a great part of my life and I’ll look back on it in time and think: do you know what, they were the best days of my life.”