Tyson Fury stuck with the Mexican theme ahead of the country’s Independence Day weekend in Las Vegas after once again donning a lucha libre wrestling mask for the weigh-in at the MGM Grand ahead of Saturday’s heavyweight fight.
Fury weighed in at 254.4 lbs (18st 1oz), the lightest he had been since he beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 (247lbs, just over 17-and-a-half stone).
It was nine pounds lighter than when he fought Tom Schwarz on his first appearance in Las Vegas in June, and just under the 256.5lbs he was against Deontay Wilder last December. Swede Wallin tipped the scales at 236 (16st 8oz).
The ‘Gypsy King’ has renamed himself himself ‘El Rey de los Gitanos’ for the MGM Grand clash, to celebrate the anniversary of Mexican Independence, and he once again wore a traditional Lucha Libre wrestling mask at the ceremonial weigh-in.
Having stepped off the scales Fury then grabbed the microphone to say, in an faux American accent: “In less than 24 hours from now Otto Wallin will feel the fury.
“Bob, get the steel cage out Bob (veteran American promoter Bob Arun) so this bum doesn’t run away.”
Fury may well be the overwhelming favourite – he is 25 to one on to win – against a comparative minnow but the 31-year-old does not feel the expectation to put in a performance.
“I don’t know much about Otto at all and sometimes that’s a good thing as when you know everything about an opponent it doesn’t turn me on like it should do,” said the 31-year-old.
“I don’t feel any pressure because they are only men with gloves on. I don’t feel pressure from any fight.
“It is going to be another Tyson Fury roadshow. It is going to be an entertaining fight, an exciting fight.
“I feel good, I feel fit, I’ve trained really hard. I’m in great shape and the weight is perfect. I feel sharp and rejuvenated and ready for a good fight.”
Wallin knows no one gives him a chance but is determined to not only make a point but embarrass Fury.
“They (the crowd) can expect a good boxer. I am well-schooled, I had a good background and I think I have what it takes to cause an upset,” he said.