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Weights: Deontay Wilder 224, Audley Harrison 236

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By Scott Gilfoid: Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) weighed in at 236 lbs today at the weigh-in for his fight on Saturday night against Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, UK. Wilder weighed in at 224 lbs. What was surprising is that Audley looked a little taller than Wilder.

On Thursday, Audley appeared to be at least an inch, possibly shorter than Deontay when the two fighters stood face to face for the traditional stare down, but in one day Audley appeared to grow 1 to 2 inches. This leaves one to believe that one of these two fighters may have been without their shoes during the stare down or one of them had lifts to make themselves appear taller than they actually are.

During the stare down, Audley appeared to be trying to unnerve Deontay and put him off his game. It didn’t work because Deontay looked incredibly confident, saying “This is my time. This is my time.”

What did surprise me about the weigh-in was how confident Audley looked. Having seen Audley’s weigh-ins with David Haye and David Price in the past, Audley looked a lot more relaxed than he had been on those occasions, and that makes me think that he could have a feeling of overconfidence about this fight. I have no idea why Audley would be confident in facing the hardest puncher in the heavyweight division, because if he couldn’t handle the power from the cruiserweight-sized David Haye and David Price, then how is he going to be able to handle the big right hands from Deontay, who arguably punches much harder than them?

Boxing fans wonder how Deontay can generate so much power when he only weighs 224 lbs. on a tall 6’7” frame. It’s simple. It’s from the leverage that he gets on his shots. Big time power doesn’t come from having bulky useless muscles. Power comes from being able to get the most leverage that you can on your shots, and Deontay is able to use his tall body to generate the kind of power that a heavyweight in the 250s would generate. Look at Corrie Sanders. He only weighed 224 lbs in his prime and he was a huge puncher and was able to KO Wladimir Klitschko in 2 rounds. Deontay Wilder is the same kind of heavyweight. He doesn’t need to weigh 250 in order to punch like a heavyweight that weighs that much.

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