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Tyson Fury’s weigh-in against Oleksandr Usyk descends into farce as major error results in wrong weight announced

Oleksandr Usyk’s weight for his upcoming clash against Tyson Fury was incorrectly announced during Friday night’s weigh-in.

On the eve of Saturday’s undisputed fight, Usyk and Fury took to the scales in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to record very different weights.

Usyk is still at the heaviest weight of his career, but he is lighter than initially reported.


Usyk is still at the heaviest weight of his career, but he is lighter than initially reported.Credit: GETTY

Fury came in weighing 18 pounds (262 pounds), which marked his lightest weight since 2018 when he boxed Deontay Wilder in their inaugural encounter at 18 pounds (255 pounds).

In a stark contrast, Usyk was announced to have tipped the scales with a career-heaviest weight of 16 pounds, 6 pounds (233.5 pounds), up 12.6 pounds from his victory by stoppage against Daniel Dubois in August.

However, it turns out that this was a mistake.

Audio of close-up footage of Usyk weighing in the recovered commissaries, appearing to confirm the Ukrainian weighed 15 stone, 9 pounds (223.5 pounds).


But emcee Michael Buffer announced him at 16st 6lbs (233.5lbs).

It has now been confirmed on BoxRec that Usyk is indeed 223.5 pounds.

This is still the heaviest career weight for Usyk, whose previous best was 15 stone 8 pounds (221.5 pounds) for his second fight against Anthony Joshua in 2022.

Even if it’s 10 pounds less than what was announced at the weigh-in.

Fury fell to his lightest level since 2018


Fury fell to his lightest level since 2018Credit: GETTY

Fury and Usyk face off this weekend in the first undisputed heavyweight title fight in 25 years.

The last time all the belts were up for grabs, Lennox Lewis beat Evander Holyfield for the distinction over the distance in November 1999.

At the time, the WBO was not a recognized major sanctioning body, so there were only three belts up for grabs.

But now WBC champion Fury and WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder Usyk are set to put their belts on the line in the first undisputed heavyweight showdown of the four-belt era.

At Thursday’s press conference, Fury didn’t look at Usyk but during the weigh-ins he was locked in and excited.

The heavyweight titans butted heads as they came face to face for the final time before fight night as tempers boiled over when Fury pushed Usyk.

What is an undisputed world champion?

In boxing, an undisputed world champion is someone who wins all four major world title belts in their division – WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO.

Fury currently owns the WBC while Usyk holds the WBA, IBF and WBO. Therefore, the winner will hold all four belts as the undisputed king.

The last man to hold all the belts in the division was Lennox Lewis when he defeated Evander Holyfield to add his WBA and IBF titles to the WBC belt before what is now known as the “four belt era” , the WBO being recognized from 2004. .

After security intervened and separated the rivals, Fury took the mic to deliver one final crude message to Usyk and his team.

“We’re ready to rock and roll, I’m going to put out that fucking spark,” Fury shouted.

“I’m coming for his heart, I’m fucking his girdles. I’m coming for his fucking heart.

When the mic was passed to Usyk, he fired back, saying: “Don’t be afraid, I won’t leave you alone tomorrow.

“If I’m nervous, I won’t win. My fans, I love you, see you tomorrow.”

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