Wilder Looks To Be At 245 For Fury Rematch
After being at a nearly 50-pound disadvantage on December 1st, Deontay Wilder looks to pack on the pounds for his rematch with lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury.
“Yeah, we gonna adjust the weight,” Wilder said to reporters last week. “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.”
Even though he was able to send Fury to the canvas twice, Wilder admits his team wants to see him a bit bigger for a second showdown with Fury who came in at 265 pounds on fight night.
“Just because of my team,” Wilder said. “My team want 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.”
“My goal was always to be 245,” Wilder said.
“That’s what my goal has always been. But somebody’s gonna get hurt. If weight brings big-man power, and I already had the power and the speed, somebody gonna get hurt. So, if people wanna see me put on weight and someone get hurt, then so be it. But you never wanna see no one like Adonis Stevenson. I’m always thinking about him and I tell people all the time – we risk our lives in the ring. We risk our lives. And I know I have the power to hurt anyone – anyone.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene