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Deontay Wilder’s sparring partner warns Tyson Fury NOT to weigh 300lb and says Gypsy King was ‘perfect’ size in rematch


TYSON FURY has been told NOT to weigh 300lb by Deontay Wilder’s own sparring partner.

Fury, who scaled 270lb before he dethroned the American in February 2020, warned he would put on another stone for their trilogy bout.

Stephan Shaw pictured with Deontay Wilder
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Tyson Fury said he would weigh 300lb in his trilogy with Deontay Wilder[/caption]

But heavyweight contender Stephan Shaw, who spent two weeks in camp with Wilder, believes the Brit was the ‘perfect’ size in the rematch last year.

And he argued against Fury, 32, bulking up even further but urged Wilder, 35, to bring the fight to his rival and snatch back the WBC belt.

Shaw, 28, told SunSport: “I don’t feel like Tyson Fury should come into the fight 300-pounds, he was perfect at 275, not 300.

“That will take away from some of the athleticism that he does have. But, I’d take the fight right to him.

“I’d take the fight like he approached it, try and make the best adjustments, because at that level when you have two elite guys in there, it’s all about adjustments.

“Who can make those adjustments? The other guy might come out with a better jab, so I’d have to make the adjustments to get away from that jab.

“You have to be ready to make adjustments, because Tyson Fury, he might not be the most skilled fighter but he’s big, he’s kind of awkward and he’s a smart fighter.

“He’s a great thinker in there and especially with the minds of Sugarhill added to his team, that’s only going to make him even better, like he did in the second fight.”

‘BUILDING MY WEIGHT UP’

Fury weighed only 256.5lb before he outboxed but was twice dropped by Wilder in their eventual 2018 draw.

But after he ditched his back-foot tactics, to instead walk the Bronze Bomber down in the rematch, he did so almost a stone heavier.

Fury scored two knockdowns before the one-sided beating ended in round seven.

And in the build-up to their scheduled July 24 trilogy bout – now postponed to October 9 after the Gypsy King caught coronavirus – he promised to continue piling on the pounds.

Fury said: “I anticipate it’s going to be like an 18-wheeler running over somebody, and that’s what you’re gonna see.

“I’m building my weight up, trying to get up to 300lbs for this fight. Because I’m looking for a big knockout straight away.”

Before the trilogy was rescheduled, 6ft 4in Shaw, unbeaten at 14-0, had once again provided Wilder with Fury-replica sparring.

He was used in the training camp before the first two Fury fights, and has also sparred the likes of Andy Ruiz Jr, 31, and Dominic Breazeale, 35.

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How Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder stack up ahead of the trilogy fight[/caption]

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Shaw said: “From going with Andy Ruiz or Deontay Wilder, it shows me what I want in my camp or what I don’t want, how to construct it.

“Going down there with Deontay, it definitely let me know how to conduct myself as a world champion.

“It shows me how a training camp from a world champion’s perspective is run. How they conduct everything.”

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Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury drew in 2018[/caption]

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Tyson Fury beat Deontay Wilder in seven rounds in 2020[/caption]

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