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Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 Weigh-In: Gypsy King Outweighs Bronze Bomber

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2020

US boxer Deontay Wilder (L) and British boxer Tyson Fury get into an altercation during their press conference February 19, 2020 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. - The boxers will fight for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Championship Title on February 22, 2020 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Gurzinski / AFP) (Photo by JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
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On the eve of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury's rematch for the lineal heavyweight championship, both boxers took the stage Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to weigh in.      

The Bronze Bomber tipped the scales at 231 pounds. The Gypsy King will have a distinct weight advantage after checking in at 273 pounds. 

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Deontay Wilder comes in at 231lbs for #WilderFury2 👊 Imagine how much power he has with that extra weight 😳 https://t.co/Z4EgHcRJHn

Robert Littal @BSO

Fury weighs in at 273 Wilder weighs in at 231 https://t.co/XS1S8xdXX8

The two fighters are significantly heavier now than they were for their first fight in December 2018:

Michael Benson @MichaelBensonn

⚖️ Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury rematch weigh-in results: 🇺🇸 Deontay Wilder – 231lbs 🇬🇧 Tyson Fury – 273lbs 📈 Wilder 18½lbs heavier than first fight. 📈 Fury 16½lbs heavier than first fight.

Luke Thomas @lthomasnews

Wow, he's significantly bigger than before. Wilder was these weights previously: Fury 1: 212.5 Breazeale: 223.25 Ortiz 2: 219.5 He's looking to maximum his already concussive power. Look out. https://t.co/CHiC0ALXAn

Some of the drama was taken out of the weigh-in after their shoving match at Wednesday's pre-fight press conference. Both fighters were standing nose-to-nose before devolving into pushing and shoving, requiring security to get involved. 

ESPN Ringside @ESPNRingside

Guaranteed fireworks when @BronzeBomber and @Tyson_Fury go face-to-face 🎇 #WilderFury2 https://t.co/hijgql1Noo

The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced Thursday that Wilder and Fury were barred from taking part in the traditional pre-fight faceoff as a result. 

L.A. Times Sports @latimessports

They had ropes and a wall of security guards between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury today. https://t.co/X0bJUS8CcG

"The reason the decision was made, on behalf of the commission, is because the press conference [Wednesday] spoke for itself," NSAC executive director Bob Bennett explained to ESPN's Dan Rafael"The actions of the two fighters pushing each other, which was not staged, is not indicative of the image of our sport as a major league sport, thus having a faceoff is not in the best interest in the health and safety of the fighters, the public and the event."

Since there was no faceoff on the stage, Fury enlisted the help of his brother to play mind games with Wilder when both men were in the locker room:

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? 🤣 #WilderFury2 (h/t @ESPNRingside) https://t.co/uotm91vGeY

Both fighters enter this bout unbeaten in their professional careers. Their first match saw Fury (29-0-1) knocked down twice, including a right jab-left hook combination in the 12th round that appeared to be a knockout blow.

Wilder (42-0-1) even walked away and gave a throat-slash gesture as soon as Fury hit the canvas, but the Furious One got to his feet at the count of nine. The judges scored the fight a split-decision draw (115–111, 112–114, 113–113)

After nearly one year of negotiations between the Wilder and Fury camps, the rematch was agreed upon in December. These two powerhouses are by far the class of the heavyweight division and are ready to settle the score and determine who is the better man in the ring.      

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