Tyson Fury’s weight became the biggest talking point ahead of his blockbuster showdown against Deontay Wilder.
The Gypsy King tipped the scales at the second highest of his boxing career when he hit 123 kilograms.
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Fury refused to remove his singlet for the weigh-in and led many to believe he had overeaten and under trained ahead of the bout.
But former trainer Ben Davison insisted the measurements were a brilliant ruse to confuse the American and his corner.
And he believes it was all done by the new heavyweight king guzzling around 16 pints of water before he stepped on the scales.
Fury hid what was underneath in a genius move.Source:AFP
And SunSport has since learned that Fury and his new team of Andy Lee and SugarHill Steward manipulated the weigh-in results by reversing an old boxing trick.
Fighters at smaller weights will dehydrate themselves dramatically and often dangerously to reach the limits lower down the divisions.
But it’s also possible to switch the system.
Downing around 16 pints could help the thirsty fighter add on over 1st and that would fall off overnight with a few toilet trips.
Fury heaped praise on new nutritionists George Lockhart for convincing him to bin Diet Cokes and drink two litres of water a day.
In the ring he looked in solid shape.Source:AFP
And the 6ft 9in Morecambe icon was never seen without a huge tank of H2O during all of his media briefings.
Fury looked sensational once in the MGM ring, nowhere near the mammoth amount the Nevada commission took around 36 hours before.
“Personally, I believe that was a manufactured weight on the scales. I don’t believe he was that heavy,” Davison said after the shock weigh-in.
“I believe that was part of the mind games going on. I know Tyson, I know his body and I do not believe he was that heavy — in fact I know he was not that heavy.
“I believe his morning weight was more in the region of 119kgs, 120kgs. And obviously throughout the day as you’re eating and drinking your weight will increase there.
“But I believe the weight he stopped on the scales at was manufactured weight all part of mind games — which he is the master of.”
Immediately after the fight Fury summed it up perfectly when he said: “Not bad for an old fat guy who can’t punch.”
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