Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) weighed in at a slightly rotund 277.7 lbs, while his much trimmer-looking opponent Francis Ngannou came in 272.1 pounds on Friday for their headliner this Saturday night in Saudi Arabia.
Their event will be shown on PPV on DAZN, Live on ESPN+ & TNT Sports PPV. The event starts at about 9pm GMT this Saturday, October 28th.
Thus far, Fury has gotten away with getting fat between fights, but as a professional athlete, you can only get away with poor eating habits for so long before it comes back to bite you on the backside.
Fury was younger when he took off over 100 pounds to launch a comeback after sitting outside of the ring for 2 1/2 years after his upset win over 39-year-old Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. Whether Fury can get away with his yoyo dieting at 35 remains to be seen.
Granted, Fury has got a novice that he’s facing in Ngannou on Saturday, but still, when you pig out and become obese repeatedly between fights, it eventually catches up to you, and this might be the time.
During the face-off, Fury stuck his head up against Ngannou and pushed him back. Appearing annoyed, Francis then shoved the 35-year-old Fury back.
Ngannou, an MMA former champion, will be making his debut in boxing, and not many are giving him a chance of winning. He has a puncher’s chance if he can connect with one of his big right hands, and that’s not going to be easy because Fury is defensively difficult to hit.