The world of boxing is awaiting the rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. Arguably the two most-popular boxers in the sport right now – apologies to Floyd Mayweather – are set to fight this weekend.
After fighting to a controversial draw in their first bout, Fury and Wilder made it clear they both want to take it out of the judge’s hands. Both have guaranteed a knock out at some point during the fight – very early.
Before the two finally step into the ring, they will weigh-in for the fight. It will be the final time the two fighters will see each other before they do battle, but they won’t be able to go through with a very familiar custom.
The two fighters have reportedly been banned from facing off following the weigh-in. According to a comment from Top Rank president Todd duBoef, it’s the first time he’s ever seen such a decision.
Here’s what he had to say, via ESPN:
“In my 25 years in boxing I’ve never heard of an administrative body stepping in and prohibiting a faceoff. It’s the pinnacle moment before the fight. I am just shocked.”
A face-off is customary after weigh-ins and a chance to the two fighters to size each other up before the fight.
The decision to ban the face-off came from an altercation between the two fighters during their final news conference.
Fury and Wilder face off on Saturday night.