Tyson Fury’s trainer Ben Davison has revealed his view that weighing scales for the former heavyweight champion’s clash with Wladimir Klitschko were tampered with back in November 2015.
Fury faced Klitschko for the unified titles in Dusseldorf at the ESPRIT Arena and Davison says his real poundage was lowered in order to avoid a huge differential between the two boxers.
Officially being announced as 247 pounds the day before the fight, Davison claims Fury actually scaled TEN POUNDS heavier than that, meaning the challenger was really twelve pounds north of Klitschko’s limit of 245 pounds.
Outlining his take, Davison said: “18 stone and five pounds is (Tyson’s) real weight for the Wladimir Klitschko fight, on unaltered scales.
“My thoughts are why? Because Wlad or his team didn’t think he’d cope mentally with the size advantage.
“How? I believe a limit was set on the scales before they ‘clocked off’,” he added.
The 29 year-old went on to create history and dethrone Klitschko of his belts in some style but soon his lifestyle spiralled out of control and Fury didn’t fight for two and a half years.
Making a comeback in June, Fury weighed 276 pounds, 24 heavier than Davison’s ‘real weight’ for the Klitschko clash and promoter Frank Warren believes the outspoken ex-champ will be closer to his usual weight for this weekend’s bout with Francesco Pianeta.
Since beginning serious training last October, Fury has continued to shed the stones and could be around 255 to 260 pounds when he hits the scales on Friday.
A win for Fury will set up a huge Pay-Per-View outing with WBC ruler Deontay Wilder in November and give the former number one the chance to win the only strap he’s never held since turning pro.