By Keith Idec
LOS ÁNGELS – The champion is always accurate and the challenger once obese climbed on Friday to lighter weight than in their respective previous matches.
Deontay Wilder weighed on Friday at 212 ½ pounds for the WBC heavyweight title against Tyson Fury Saturday night at the Staples Center. The 6-foot-7 Wilder was two pounds lighter than he was when he pinched his last stop at Luis Ortiz on March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (214).
Wilder's weight was not as low as he reached 207 ¼ pounds for his professional debut in November 2008. The weight of the unbeaten champion for the Ortiz fight was the Wilder's lowest since his second professional battle, whereby the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native entered 213 pounds.
The 6-foot-9 Fury officially weighed 256 ½ lbs on Friday when it set foot on the California State Commission on the outskirts of the Los Angeles Convention Center. This is the slightest one that Fury has been heavy for any of his three fights, since he returned a dismissal of 2 and a half years.
The former IBF / IBO / WBA / WBO champion raised approximately 400 pounds during her hiatus. He sought alcoholism treatment, addiction to cocaine and depression during his time out of boxing.
The fury weighed 276 pounds before its four-round stop Sefer Seferi (23-2-1, 21 KOs) of Switzerland on June 9 in Manchester, England.
This marked the first fight of Fury, since it was angry to Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision to win the four titles that finally evacuated without granting to Klitschko the immediate reintegration that it had to him. The fury weighed 247 pounds for the Klitschko fight in November 2015.
Manchester's birthday was 18 lbs (258) lighter for his fight two months after defeating Seferi. He played with Francesco pianeta easily (35-5-1, 21 KOs) in his way of winning a unanimous decision of 10 sessions on August 18 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
33-year-old Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) is slightly favored to defeat Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) of 30 years of age in the main event of # 39; a Showtime Pay-Per-View of four card wins ($ 74.99 in HD).
Last Friday, the referee of the IBF / IBO / WBA 154 free Jarrett Hurd (22-0, 15 KOs), from Accokeek, Maryland, weighed a low run of 152½ pounds for his defense of optional title against English slightly considered Jason Welborn (24 -6, 7 KO). Welborn, 32, also weighed 152½ pounds for his shot at 28-year-old Hurd in the co-presented showtime showdown.
Ortiz de Cuba (29-1, 25 KOs, 2 NC) climbed the CSAC scale to 241 pounds for his 10 round victory against Travis Kauffman (32-2, 23 KO, 1 NC). Kauffman, 32, of Reading, Pennsylvania, weighed 229 pounds for a potentially changing career fight against Ortiz, 39, of age.
Before weighing Ortiz and Kauffman, Joe Joyce (6-0, 6 KOs), 6 pesetas, 6 and 33 years old, reached 262 pounds for his 10 points against Joe Hanks. The 35-year-old veteran, Hanks (23-2, 16 KOs), a 35-year-old veteran from Newark, New Jersey, weighed 247 ½ pounds for Showtime TV's opening Saturday at night (9 am ET / 6 pm PT).
Keith Idec is a senior writer / columnist for BoxingScene.com. You can reach Twitter @Idecboxing.