Tyson Fury claims he weighed a whopping 350lbs when the mega-fight against Francis Ngannou was announced.
The WBC heavyweight champion is scheduled to take on the daunting task of sharing a ring with the ex-UFC heavyweight champion in what will be the Cameroonian's first boxing fight this Saturday (October 28). The crossover clash – which is a 10-round professional bout – was announced in July as Fury admitted he was on the heavy side.
A press conference was held a month later as the 35-year-old topless figure had fans worrying just how out of shape he looked considering Ngannou consistently cuts a shredded look. Fury did admit just how high his weight had gotten which had forced him to double the length of his training camp.
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"I've had 11 months out of the ring inactive again," Fury told Boxing Social. "I fought Derek Chisora early December, the third in 2022 and now we're in the end of October so it's been a long time and I needed a good long camp. I was weighing about 350lb to start and I needed time to get it off and time to get sharp again, get my timing back which is not easy after a year out of the ring, as we all know, especially not at 35-years-old."
Fury's been joined by fellow heavyweights, Joseph Parker and Martin Bakole as he looks to introduce 'The Predator' to the world of professional boxing. "Sugar [coach SugarHill Steward] has been over now eight weeks by the time the fight comes around," the former undisputed champion said. "I've been in camp with George [Lockhart, nutritionist] for about 12 weeks, sparring Joseph Parker, Martin Bakole, Solomon Dacres and Nick Campbell."
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While Ngannou's highest fight weight in the UFC has been 265lbs – the limit for heavyweights in the MMA promotion – in comparison Fury weighed in a staggering 277lbs in his knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in 2021 which brought an end to their three-fight trilogy.
Fury is the overwhelming favourite in the bout but must remain dangerously cautious of Ngannou's power who is regarded by many as to be the biggest puncher in all of combat sports with 12 knockouts on his record in MMA.
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