Tyson Fury on Friday weighed in at 264.8 pounds for his pay-per-view fight against Dillian Whyte Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London.
That’s the heavyweight champ’s lightest weight since he came in at 254.4 against Otto Wallin three fights ago. He weighed 273 and 277, respectively, for his subsequent knockout victories over Deontay Wilder.
Whyte weighed 253.25, which is slightly heavier than his last two weights against Alexander Povetkin.
The weigh-in was largely uneventful.
After Fury stepped off the scale, the fighters engaged in the obligatory stare down. The champion stood on his toes to emphasize his height advantage (he’s 6-foot-9, Whyte 6-4) and the two exchanged words, which is typical of every weigh-in.
They then expressed the respect they have for one another by shaking hands and exchanging caps. Fury then warmly put his arm around Whyte.
Of course, things won’t be so congenial before an expected 94,000 on Saturday, when Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) will be making the second defense of his second reign as a heavyweight titleholder.
He won the WBC belt by stopping Wilder in seven rounds in February 2020 and then KO’d his rival in 11 rounds in their third fight last October, the 2021 Fight of the Year.
Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) will be making his second attempt to win a major world title. He was stopped in seven rounds by then-beltholder Anthony Joshua in 2015.
The Londoner is coming of a fourth-round knockout of Povetkin in March of last year. Povetkin had stunned the boxing world by stopping Whyte with one punch in the fifth round the previous August.