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The heaviest heavyweight champions in history with Tyson Fury now third in the rankings following sensational victory against Deontay Wilder


Tyson Fury’s stunning victory against Deontay Wilder on Saturday night will live long in the memory of boxing fans far and wide.

Fury toppled boxing’s most feared power puncher in the third and fifth rounds before forcing his corner to throw in the towel during the seventh.

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Tyson Fury weighed in significantly heavier for the rematch

And after coming out on top in one of the most highly anticipated showdowns in recent times, Fury is now the third heaviest heavyweight champion in the history of the sport.

Fury stunned the world by earning a controversial draw against the WBC champion in their first fight, with many feeling as though the ‘Gypsy King’ was the true winner.

In the years leading up to the fight, Fury had ballooned to more than 29 STONE in weight and was still trimming down ahead of the first bout with Wilder.

However, during Friday’s weigh-in both fighters came in heavier than they did back in December 2018.

Deontay Wilder also came in heavier for the rematch

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Deontay Wilder also came in heavier for the rematch

Fury stepped onto the scales first and came in at 273lbs (19st 7lbs), while the American followed up at 231lbs (16st 7lbs).

For the first fight, Wilder scaled 212½lbs (15st 2lbs 8oz) – therefore was 18½lbs heavier for the second bout.

Meanwhile, Fury weighed in for the first fight at 256½lbs (18st 4lbs 8oz) –  so was 16½lbs heavier for the rematch.

Aside from Fury, talkSPORT.com looks at the other big hitters who tipped the scales (quite literally) when they struck gold in the ring.

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8. George Foreman – 250lbs on November 5, 1994

Foreman reportedly made more outside of the ring with his his ‘lean, mean, fat reducing grilling machine’, which is said to have secured him a very tidy sum in excess of £150million from endorsements.

He was a dead handy boxer, though, and one of the best heavyweight boxers of his time, winning two world heavyweight titles during his career.

In November 1994, the 45-year-old weighed in at 250lbs for his fight against Michael Moorer – 19 years his junior.

Despite his age, it was the veteran who came out on top, knocking Moorer out in the 10th round and subsequently capturing the WBA and IBF heavyweight belts, while also becoming the oldest heavyweight champion in history.

Foreman held the WBC & WBC titles in 1973/74 and held the WBA & IBF belts in 1994/95

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Foreman held the WBC & WBC titles in 1973/74 and held the WBA & IBF belts in 1994/95

7. Samuel Peter – 250 ¾lbs on March 8, 2008

Peter had built up a decent professional boxing career, which saw him win 35 of his 40 fights and achieve 27 knockouts, before getting his big title shot against Oleg Maskaev in March 2008.

The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ scored a sixth round knockout to secure the WBC title, although he didn’t hold on to the belt for long, losing it in his first defence against Vitali Klitschko.

Both Samuel Peter, right, and James Toney thought they had won their first meeting

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Both Samuel Peter, right, and James Toney thought they had won their first meeting

6. Lennox Lewis – 251lbs on February 7, 1997

Lennox ‘the Lion’ Lewis was a three-time world heavyweight champion, a two-time lineal champion, and remains the last heavyweight to hold the undisputed title.

There’s therefore no surprise he’s commonly regarded as the the greatest British boxer of all time.

His impressive career record of 41-2-1 from 44 career fights underlined his dominance in that heavyweight boxing era.

Lewis tended to hover around the 240lbs mark during his peak years, however, when he faced Oliver McCall for the vacant WBA title in February 1997, the West Ham-born boxer tipped the scales at 251lbs. Lewis stopped McCall in the fifth round to clinch the title with an impressive display, which he held on to for just shy of four years until he surprisingly lost to Hasim Rahman in April 2001.

1. Lennox Lewis

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Lennox Lewis was the undisputed heavyweight champion

5. Anthony Joshua  – 254lbs on October, 29 2017

Despite claims form Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, that he would weigh around 235–240ibs for the fight, Joshua officially weighed in a career-heavy 254lbs, while his opponent Carlos Takam was 235lbs.

Joshua came into the fight off the back of edging a thrilling win against legendary heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko in April – where he was four pounds lighter.

Interestingly, AJ was 19lbs heavier than Takam, who gave a good account of himself in Cardiff on fight night.

In front of nearly 80,000 fans at a raucous Principality Stadium, Joshua retained his world titles with what many believed was a premature stoppage in round 10. He went on to defeat Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin, before suffering a shock defeat to Ruiz Jr.

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AJ got the better of Carlos Takam in 2017

4. Primo Carnera – 260lbs on June, 29 1933

A legendary boxer from a bygone era, Italian heavyweight Primo Carnera had quite the career.

He incredibly racked up a total of 103 fights during an action-packed career, winning 89 of those bouts.

It was on June 29 1933 when Carnera weighed in at the heaviest he had ever done in his career, at 260lbs, before going to win his one and only world title with a sixth round knockout of former champion, Jack Sharkey.

Carnera, otherwise known as the ‘The Ambling Alp’, produced two successful title defences before losing his belts a year later.

Italian boxer Primo Carnera flexes his muscles

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Italian boxer Primo Carnera flexes his muscles

3. Tyson Fury  – 273lbs on February 22, 2020

The ‘Gypsy King’ produced a faultless performance to defeat one of the most feared boxers on the planet, Deontay Wilder, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Fury delivered on his pledge to come out of the traps quickly and seek a knockout.

The ‘Gypsy King’ dropped Wilder twice before the American’s corner threw in the towel on the seventh round, bringing an end to his unbeaten record and his reign as WBC champion.

Britain now has two heavyweight world champions, with Anthony Joshua holding the other major titles in the division.

Fury raised his arms aloft after the fight was stopped

Fury raised his arms aloft after the fight was stopped

2. Andy Ruiz Jr – 283lbs on June 1, 2019

Ruiz was ridiculed for his perceived bloated image heading into the first fight with Joshua, for which he weighed 268lbs.

Little did Ruiz’s critics know he would produce a masterful display against the former Olympic gold medallist, displaying a series of devastating jabs, with his quick hands causing Joshua all sorts of problems.

He suggested he would lose weight for part 2 in Saudi Arabia, but he tipped the scales at 20 stone 3lbs – 15lbs heavier – and Joshua reclaimed his titles with an emphatic points victory.

Andy Ruiz Jr produced one of the biggest shocks in boxing history to become the heavyweight world champion

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Andy Ruiz Jr produced one of the biggest shocks in boxing history to become the heavyweight world champion

Ruiz was considerably heavier than Joshua for the rematch – which he subsequently lost

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Ruiz was considerably heavier than Joshua for the rematch – which he subsequently lost

1. Nikolay Valuev – 324 lbs on December 17, 2005

The ‘Beast from the East’ took the mantle of the heaviest fighter from Carnera, who held the accolade for more than 70 years when he beat John Ruiz in 2005.

The 7ft Russian, who retired in 2009 with a 50-2 record, tipped the scales for his WBA title fight on December 17 at 324lbs – which Valuev former eventually won on points.

Having subsequently lost the title to Ruslan Chagaev, Valuev regained it once again at Ruiz’ expense in 2008, but weighed in seven pounds lighter for that fight.

Nikolai Valuev, left, had devastating power in his locker

Nikolai Valuev, left, had devastating power in his locker



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