By Keith Idec
LOS ANGELES – An ever-leaning champion and challenger who has been obese both climbed to Friday's scale with lighter weight than they did for the previous match.
Deontay Wilder weighed on Friday at £ 212.5 for his WBC heavyweight title against Tyson Fury on Saturday night at the Staples Center. The 6-foot-7 Wilder is two pounds lighter than he was when he weighed for his 10th stop from Luis Ortiz on March 3 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (214).
Wilder's weight hasn't been this bad since he climbed to a scale of £ 207 for his pro debut in November 2008. The undefeated champion's weight for Ortiz's fight is Wilder's lowest since the second fight, where Tuscaloosa, Alabama, originals came in at 213 pounds.
The 6-feet-9 Fury was officially weighed 256½ pounds Friday when he stepped on the scale of the California State Athletic Commission outside the Los Angeles Convention Center. At least Fury has burdened one of his three battles since he returned from a 2½ year layoff.
The former IBF / IBO / WBA / WBO champion ballooned to around 400 pounds during the hiatus. He sought treatment for alcoholism, addicted to cocaine and depression during his time away from boxing.
Fury weighed in at £ 276 before stopping his four-round Swiss Sefer Seferi (23-2-1, 21 KO) on June 9 in Manchester, England.
It marked Fury's first fight since he angered Wladimir Klitschko with a unanimous decision to win four titles which were finally vacated without giving the Klitschko the rematch he owed. Fury weighed 247 pounds for the Klitschko fight in November 2015.
The original Manchester was 18 pounds lighter (258) for his two-month battle after defeating Seferi. He easily defeated Italian Francesco Pianeta (35-5-1, 21 KO) on his way to win 10 rounds of unanimous decision on August 18 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
33-year-old Wilder (40-0, 39 KO) was a little seeded to beat 30-year-old Fury (27-0, 19 KO) on the main event of four Showtime Pay-Per-View cards ($ 74.99 in HD) .
Earlier Friday, 154-pound IBF / IBO / WBA champion Jarrett Hurd (22-0, 15 KOs), from Accokeek, Maryland, weighed on a low-career £ 152½ for an optional defense title against lightly considered England's Jason Welborn (24-6, 7 KOs). The 32-year-old Welborn has a weight of 152.5 pounds also for his shot at Hurd, 28, in a showtime show feature battle.
Ortiz Cuba (29-1, 25 KO, 2 NC) stepped on the CSAC scale at 241 pounds for the 10 round battle against Travis Kauffman (32-2, 23 KO, 1 NC). Kauffman, 32, from Reading, Pennsylvania, weighs 229 pounds for a match that has the potential to change careers against 39-year-old Ortiz.
Before Ortiz and Kauffman overloaded a 6-foot-6, 33-year-old British heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce (6-0, 6 KO) came in at £ 262 for a 10-rounder versus Joe Hanks. The Hanks 6-foot-4 (23-2, 16 KO), a 35-year veteran from Newark, New Jersey, weighed 247½ pounds for the Showtime Saturday night opener (9pm ET / 6pm PT).
Keith Idec is a senior writer / columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be contacted on Twitter @Idecboxing.