Weigh-In Results, Tonight’s The Night! Where to Watch The Big Fight
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Las Vegas, NV (October 9th, 2021)– Tyson Fury versus Deontay Wilder II 10 bout pay-per-view fight card can be purchased via USA Fox Sports, ESPN +, or Panama Telemetro Channel 13 (commentary in Spanish).
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have tipped the scale at their heaviest career weights for tonight’s trilogy World Boxing Council World Heavyweight title main event 12 round bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury tipped the scales at 277, five pounds higher than he was when he fought Wilder in February 2020 for the second time, and one pound higher than his previous career-high 276 pounds against Sefer Seferi in June 2015, whom he stopped at Manchester Arena in four rounds. The questions for Fury which arise are: can Fury handle the extra weight; will the extra weight tire Fury down the stretch; will or will not the health aftereffects of having the Coronavirus affect his boxing ability, ring generalship, and clear judgment. Early signs have provided this contrast: Fury looks flabby for the trilogy bout, but if he has good health, this is more important. Alexander Povetkin obviously did not recover his health completely after contracting the Coronavirus before his rematch with Dillian Whyte, and this is why Povetkin lost that bout.
Wilder, at 238 pounds, is seven pounds higher than his last bout with Fury in February 2020. How Wilder handles the extra weight depends on his nutritional and training framework for this bout, which will have to be a technical boxing show. To outbox Fury, Wilder will need to use a completely different approach with trainer Malik Scott than his methodology when Mark Breland was in his corner. Wilder hits as hard as Rocky Marciano but lacks Marciano’s technical skill to outbox opponents and win rounds. Wilder has, to this career point, relied on his boxing power rather than boxing skill. Let us not forget he was an Olympic Bronze Medalist, not Gold or Silver, so he can be outboxed, and he knows it. This is a Rocky II situation for Wilder, who has the tools to knock Fury out if he does not get stopped again first on cuts and wooziness on spinning streets.
Fury has a 39 pounds edge tonight, making him the stronger bully, unless he walks into something. Wilder dropped him twice in their first bout, not in the second bout. Wilder will have to find something, power shot bombs and/or technical boxing skill, to teach Fury a lesson, or he will get schooled for the second consecutive time and be reduced to contender status. Fury claims he will make Wilder quit, and Wilder’s career will be over after he beats him this time. If the extra weight makes Fury slower, as he physically appears than Wilder can stalk him, walk him down and eventually knock him out. The extra weight did not serve Andy Ruiz well in his rematch with Anthony Joshua. Usyk will never make that mistake in his rematch with Joshua, as Usyk is too seasoned a combative fighter. Fury coming in both weighing heavy and looking heavy does not stand in his favor. Wilder has a great heart, so whatever happens this time, Wilder is likely to go down swinging if he does go down. He will not quit with Scott in his corner. Which fighter has done the better work, has the better game plans, and has the superior confidence, are all critical factors to determine the winner, which bookies cannot calculate.
What happens tonight over the course of a probable 12 rounds could be wilder than before, not necessarily favoring either man. Fury is predicted to win by a close 12 round decision, or Wilder will the bout by devastating knockout or clear stoppage after several knockdowns. Fury has to be able to move on his feet. The fact Fury appears heavier and flabby should inspire Wilder to pressure walk Fury down, stalk him and go for broke during defensive lapses. How each fighter appears constitutes the psychological edge, and the extra weight cannot benefit Fury. Wilder’s extra weight will benefit him if power comes with it, and in Wilder’s case, it most certainly does. Fury would have done better to come in at 255 to 265 pounds. They always go up after the weigh-in, and Fury’s a bigger dude. Wilder will, in the least, be faster on his feet if Fury is leg heavy, and this is Wilder’s key advantage if he can utilize his movement versus a slower Fury to perfection tonight.
Knockdowns tonight are not predicted, but if they do occur and likely at least one will, it will affect scoring in what could be a close bout. Wilder’s main issue is if he cannot get inside and outbox Fury, he will fall behind on the scorecards and simply be knockout hunting again like Joshua did against the superior boxing Oleksandr Usyk. If a boxer loses the first four rounds, the same boxer must win the next five consecutive rounds to go ahead on the scorecards at the start of round ten. Wilder does not win rounds, he simply relies on his power. Wilder has to come forward, get inside on Tyson Fury and outbox him. If he cannot do that, the fight’s over, for all intents and purposes, unless Fury makes a defensive mistake. Wilder could capitalize on that with a power shot knockout bomb.
Weigh-In Results, Friday, October 8, 2021, T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas Show
Heavyweights, Robert Helenius 246 pounds, Adam Kownacki 258 pounds, 12 rounds rematch, televised preliminary bout to main event, do or die win for high output Kownacki. Helenius is seven pounds higher 238, Kownacki seven pounds lower 265, than their March 2020 first match, won by Helenius by fourth round TKO after knocking Kownacki down.
Heavyweights, Efe Ajagba 237 pounds, Frank Sanchez 240 pounds, 10 rounds, World Boxing Council Continental Americas Heavyweight title and World Boxing Organisation NABO Heavyweight title. 15-0 Nigeria’s Ajagba. Career high weight for 18-0 Cuban Sanchez. Will end in a decision.
Junior Featherweights Robeisy Ramirez 126 pounds, Orlando Gonzalez Ruiz 126 pounds, 10 rounds for Vacant NABF Junior Featherweight title. Cuban Ramirez lost his pro debut by split decision. Puerto Rico 17-0 Ruiz not a social call.
Super Middleweights, Edgar Berlanga 168 pounds, Marcelos Coceres 166 ½ pounds, 10 rounds for Vacant World Boxing Organisation NABO Super Middleweight title. Brooklyn’ 17-0 Berlanga versus WBA Fedebol champ 30-2-1 Coceres should prove to be a nasty war.
Middleweights, Julian Williams 156.5 pounds, Vladimir Hernandez 153.4 pounds,10 rounds at middleweight, ex-super welterweight champ Williams weighs in over limit
Heavyweights, Jared Anderson 240 pounds, Vladimir Tereshkin 256 pounds, 8 rounds, vacant NABF Junior Heavyweight title. Nine KOs nine bouts for Ohio’s Anderson. 22-0-1 Russian Tereskin. Bout will end in KO.
Heavyweights, Victor Vykhryst 233 pounds, Mike Marshall 242 pounds, 8 rounds, Ukraine 7-0 Vykryst versus Harlem’s 6-1-1 Marshall. Bout will end in KO.
Featherweights, Bruce Carrington 127 pounds, Cesar Cantu 127 pounds. Pro debut for 2019 National Golden Gloves champion Carrington. Opening bout on card.