Deontay Wilder looking to add weight for Tyson Fury rematch
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is looking to add a substantial amount of weight to his frame, specifically weighing in at 245 pounds ahead of a potential rematch with Tyson Fury.
He weighed in at 209 pounds for the December 1 bout while Fury outweighed him by fifty plus pounds.
Wilder and his light-frame hasn’t been affected by guys being significantly bigger than him. However, he’s come to the realization he needs to add more weight to his frame to close the size disparity.
Wilder’s Thoughts On Making the Adjustment
“Yeah, we gonna adjust the weight.
“We gonna do a lot of things. You know, especially with the weight. Because these guys have out-weighed me the majority of my career. You know, I never worried about weight because I have the power to substitute for it. I have devastating power that these guys don’t have. So I never worried about weight, because I felt like weight is just an image.
“At the end of the day, how many times, over and over again, have guys out-weighed me and they were left on their back? None of them could put me on my back, being so [light] of a fighter. That’ll just tell you everything. These guys can’t put me on the ground, but I can put them on the ground, and I know that.
“Just because of my team. My team wants me to do it, and we work as a team. So me and [co-manager] Shelly [Finkel] talked about this and of course I’m gonna do what I wanna do. But I went back and said, ‘You know what? If y’all wanna see certain things, then I’m gonna give it to you.’ I’m never the one’s that just solely sold on what I wanna do. There’s certain things, but we work as a team and we’ve been working for this long and if it’s adjustments to be made, I’m willing to do that, just to see.”
Wilder has weighed in at a career high 229 pounds twice as a professional. In a second round knockout win over Damon McCreary back in 2012 and his ninth-round knockout of Eric Molina in 2015.
By: Jerrell Fletcher