Tyson Fury says he’s weighing 262lbs
By Tim Royner: Tyson Fury revealed last Saturday night that he’s currently weighing 262 pounds, and he says he’s ready to face the best heavyweights in the division. Fury, 29, is looking in good shape right now, not far from the 247 lbs. he weighed for his fight against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.
”I’m weighing 18 stone 10 solid. I’m back!” Fury said to IFL TV.
At his heaviest, Fury is said to have weighed 378lbs. Fury has lost 116 lbs. That’s an incredible amount of weight for a fighter to lose. We’ll see how Fury performs when he does get back inside the ring. Losing weight is just part of the battle Fury will need to deal with. He has to get his conditioning back and get accustomed to getting hit once again. It’s been over 2 years since Fury last fought against Klitschko, and he was barely hit at all in that fight.
An opponent hasn’t yet been named for Fury’s comeback fight in April or May. Fury has already said he won’t be fighting Antonio Tarver or Shannon Briggs for his comeback fight. Those guys will come later.
With Fury already down to 262, it’s quite possible that his weight will be in the low 240s when he does return to the ring. Fury has 2 to 3 months to go before his fight. The weight will continue to come off of him up until his fight.
At some point, Fury will need to slow down on dropping weight. He can’t get below 240. That would be too low for him at 6’9”. It is important for Fury to be light given that he’ll need to be able to move around the ring well for him to beat guys like IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Joshua is a slower mover, and Fury will have a big advantage over him if he’s in the 240s. Wilder is faster on his feet than Joshua. It’ll take more than just movement for Fury to defeat Wilder. He’s going to need to outsmart Wilder and frustrate him the way he did Wladimir. That might not be easy. Wilder isn’t afraid to get hit the way Klitschko was in his fight with Fury in 2015.
Fury wrongly predicted that Chris Eubank Jr. would beat George Groves last Saturday in their semifinals match in the World Boxing Super Series tournament at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
”The better boxer won,” Fury said of Groves beating Eubank Jr. ”George Groves is the winner. Eubank Jr. is the loser, and that’s it. I’d like to see the winner [of the WBSS tournament] fight Billy Joe Saunders in an all-British showdown. I think Billy Joe Saunders would beat the pair of them,” Fury said.
Saunders might not be popular enough for the winner of the World Boxing Super Series tournament to want to fight him. Saunders would have to move up to 168 for it to be feasible. Saunders’ style of fighting might not be to the liking of the WBSS tournament winner.