World champion Tyson Fury appeared nearly 12 pounds (5 kilograms) lighter than in his last fight on Friday at a relaxed weigh-in for Saturday’s fight against fellow Briton Dillian Whyte.
Fury checked in at 120.11 kilograms (264.8 pounds) a day before the fight in which he seeks to defend his WBC heavyweight world title against his compatriot at Wembley Stadium.
Whyte weighed in at 253.25 pounds (114.8 kilograms), almost six pounds (3 kilograms) more than in his last fight.
During a frankly friendly head-to-head, which highlighted the considerable height advantage of a 1.85-meter (six-foot-nine-inch) Fury, the rivals smiled and tickled each other before a sincere handshake and exchange of caps.
Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) promised that history will be different on Saturday in front of more than 94,000 spectators in his second defense of the title that he won in February 2020.
“Don’t doubt us, we’re going to put on a show like no other before,” Fury said. “It’s going to be a war, don’t worry about it.”
Fury’s weight was less than in his two recent clashes with Deontay Wilder. The self-proclaimed “Gypsy King” weighed 273 pounds (124 kg) when he first beat Wilder and almost 277 pounds (126 kg) last October, when he completed the trilogy.
Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) has pretty much secluded himself in his training camp in Portugal and has let Fury generate the interest on his own for the past month.
Fury has suggested he will retire after the fight, although hugely lucrative features against Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua are sure to make him think twice.
Usyk beat Joshua last September to take the WBA, IBF and WBO crowns and is preparing for a rematch with Joshua after leaving his native Ukraine, where he was helping his country in the war with Russia.