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Scaling mistake sees Fury out-weigh Usyk by almost 40lbs

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Tyson Fury will have a forty-pound advantage over Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday after a mistake at the weighing ceremony.

The legendary ring announcer, Michael Buffer, read out the wrong weight on Friday when stating Usyk was 233.5 pounds. The incident led to a massive debate among fans and media on how the fight has altered with Usyk’s extra bulk. The Ukrainian superstar usually scales just over 220 pounds.

It seems Buffer misheard due to two adjudicators discussing the numbers simultaneously to clarify. Fury’s 262 pounds was correct, though, and means “The Gypsy King” holds a massive size differential of almost three British stones.

Promoter Eddie Hearn was shocked by Usyk’s announced weight, discussing in length how the unified champion’s strategy could evolve. After hearing the mix-up, the Matchroom boss said: “Glad we debated and analyzed Usyk being 233lb for the last five hours only to find out it was actually read out at 223.”

Usyk begins a slight underdog despite opening on fight week at the same odds as Fury. The slight fluctuation happened before the weigh-in but still sees Fury favored to take home the undisputed heavyweight title.

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Fury vs Usyk official weights

[Top Rank on ESPN+ PPV, 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT]

• Tyson Fury 262 lbs. vs. Oleksandr Usyk 233.5 lbs
Undisputed Heavyweight Championship – 12 Rounds

• Jai Opetaia 198.1 lbs vs. Mairis Briedis 199.1 lbs
Ring Magazine & Vacant IBF Cruiserweight World Titles — 12 Rounds

• Joe Cordina 130 lbs vs. Anthony Cacace 129.8 lbs
IBF Super Featherweight World Title — 12 Rounds

• Frank Sanchez 238.5 lbs vs. Agit Kabayel 238.5 lbs
WBC Heavyweight Title Eliminator — 12 Rounds

• Moses Itauma 239.1 lbs vs. Ilja Mezencev 232.1 lbs
Vacant WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title — 10 Rounds

• Mark Chamberlain 134.2 lbs vs. Joshua Oluwaseun
Wahab 132.1 lbs
Vacant WBC Silver Lightweight Title — 12 Rounds

• Sergey Kovalev 194.2 lbs vs. Robin Sirwan Safar 194.1 lbs
Cruiserweight — 10 Rounds

• Daniel Lapin 174.7 lbs vs. Octavio Pudivitr 173.7 lbs
Vacant WBA Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title — 10 Rounds

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