Confusion and controversy sparked at the weigh-ins for the Floyd Mayweather vs Deiji exhibition contest scheduled for Sunday night in Dubai.
Co-feature event fighter Tommy Fury weighed in at 181½ pounds despite his weight class limit of light heavyweight being 175 pounds.
This has left Fury’s opponent, Paul Bamba, furious with the situation and shouted out Fury that he had missed weight.
“There shouldn’t be a knockout if you don’t make weight.”
“That sucks. You’re about seven pounds overweight, for the world to know.”
Fury seemed somewhat confused, pointing to his body and shouting back:
“Does it look like I missed weight!”
There seems to have been a huge breakdown in communication when it comes to the contracts sent to make the fight.
BoxingScene are reporting that Bamba’s team signed to a maximum weight of 175 pounds but that Fury’s side contractually agreed to a maximum weight of 81 kilograms (178½ pounds).
Despite this Fury weighed in at 181½ pounds – still three pounds over the agreed limit.
The Puerto Rican fighter who is based out of New York, New York has shed light on the communication (or lack of) he received from the stagers of the event, Global Titans Fight series.
“Global Titans told me to f*ck off.”
This was in response to Bamba attempting to point out the obvious difference in weight.
Bamba seems willing to go ahead with the fight only if things are made right financially, suggesting that he should receive 20% of Tommy’s purse for the weight disadvantage.
‘TNT’ Fury has been out of action since April where he appeared on the undercard of his brother Tyson’ knockout victory over Dillian Whyte to retain his WBC world heavyweight title. Bamba, who boasts a winning record of 5-2 last fought in Colombia in September .
The fight is scheduled to take place at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Sunday 13th November on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s lucrative exhibition contest against YouTuber Deji.