Tommy Fury’s fight on Floyd Mayweather’s undercard in Dubai is hanging by a thread as the young fighter took to the scales 6 pounds over weight.
Ahead of his fight with Paul Bamba tomorrow night in Dubai, Fury weighed in at just over 181lb – 6lb above the light heavyweight limit.
His opponent kept his end of the bargain, tipping the scales at 174.6lb. This is just the latest in drama outside of the ring for Fury, who has had to pull out of not one, but two fights with Jake Paul.
When confronted about the fact at the face off, Fury avoided the question and instead rattled off some standard fighting talk. Bamba, who has fought professionally 7 times and won 5, summed up the situation to Boxing Social.
“I just wanted to let it be known – my opponent didn’t make his contracted weight. There might not be a fight tomorrow night if they can’t come to an agreement with me. I’m going through the motions and I’m being respectful right now, but at the end of the day a contract is a contract. I weighed in right under 175, apparently he weighed in at 82.3 kilograms which is about six and a half, seven pounds over the weight limit.”
“He’s about to rehydrate. I’m not a sucker, I’m not a journey man and I don’t have an opponent’s mentality, so hopefully they sort it all out and then we’ll have fight. If not, then we’ll not.”
The American fighter, a former US Marine, went onto cite the health risks of such a weight disparity.
“At the end of the day, 7 pounds is a lot of weight. There’s weight classes for a reason. I’m fighting a cruiserweight – that’s what they’re trying to set me up for.”
“I feel gutted … but at the end of the day my health and my safety is the most important.”
“It really sucks because it’s somebody I could beat, but why risk my own health and allow them to f**k with me?”
Finally, Bamba set out his demands.
“Usually the rules are you get about 10% per pound or you get 20% of the purse. If they can make things right, I’m all down for it. If they can’t make things right, unfortunately, at least I got to see Dubai I guess.”
We expect more news to follow as to whether or not the fight goes ahead. Regardless, it’s not a good look for Fury, who has recently claimed he wants to win world titles and go down in boxing history.