Tyson Fury tricked us - and Deontay Wilder - at weigh in?
It's Tyson Fury... We should have known.
Mind games is nothing new to boxing.
Remember the photoshopped pics of Andy Ruiz looking streamline weeks prior to his rematch with Andy Joshua?
We thought a motivated Ruiz had turned himself into a lean, mean fighting machine. We thought he'd be faster and better conditioned than ever.
However, quite the opposite was true. Andy, by his own admission, lacked discipline for that fight, entered 15 pounds heavier and was subsequently slower and sluggish in his one-sided loss to AJ in December.
Perhaps Ruiz thought those pics would scare Team Joshua? Perhaps Andy thought Team Joshua would modify its approach based on the new and improved Andy Ruiz? Or maybe Andy was trying to give AJ a false sense of security? After all, several elite-level trainers, duped by the pics, said it was a bad idea for Ruiz to have lost that much weight because they believed it would negatively impact his punching power.
Regardless, Ruiz was outdone by Tyson Fury last month. And the latter didn't need sophisticated applications to pull it off.
In the days leading up to the Fury vs Wilder rematch, there were rumors Tyson had had a poor training camp and that he was out of shape for his upcoming assignment. And in the hours leading up to the weigh-in, Fury reportedly drank 16 pints of water and subsequently weighed a career high 19st 7lbs (271 lbs) ahead of his victory over Wilder.
And who knows how much he ate an hour or so prior to the weigh-in?
Have you ever weighed yourself immediately after consuming a large meal and drinks? If so, you noticed a temporary weight gain of anywhere between 2 and 15 pounds, depending on your size and how much you ate and drank.
Fury's former trainer, Ben Davison, calls it 'manufactured weight.'
"I believe the weight he stopped on the scales at was manufactured weight, all part of mind games - which he is the master of," Ben Davison, Fury's former trainer, told SunSport.
"I know Tyson, I know his body and I do not believe he was that heavy - in fact I know he was not that heavy."
"I believe his morning weight was more in the region of 18st 8lbs, 18st 9lbs. And obviously throughout the day as you're eating and drinking your weight will increase there."
What's the advantage of tricking your opponent?
If Fury intentionally misled Deontay Wilder and he fell for it, the latter entered the ring with added false confidence.
In the back of his mind, perhaps Wilder, in his dressing room in the moments leading up to the bout, really believed Fury would be less of a threat. If Wider entered the ring thinking Fury would be slow and poorly conditioned, it was to Fury's advantage.
Granted, Fury's trickery probably didn't impact the result but if a fighter can successfully create 'the element of surprise' and catch his opponent a bit off guard it's certainly to his advantage.