Former heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury is looking lean and mean ahead of this weekend’s showdown with Francesco Pianeta in Belfast and coming into the bout his trainer, Ben Davison, has made an interesting remark about what his real weight was when he beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

For those who have covered boxing long enough, they will tell you that the Klitschko brothers knew all the little tricks in the book to get under the skins of their opponents when they fought them in Germany.

It’s just part of the business, really, in that small, subtle things were often done to away fighters travelling to Germany to try to take them out of their game that one or two per cent – which often can make a big difference on fight night.

It’s done everywhere to away fighters really.

Speaking on Fury’s lean appearance this weekend, as pointed out by journalist Danny Flexen (hat tip), Davison made an interesting remark about Fury’s ‘real’ weight when he fought Wlad:

At the time in 2015 Fury’s weight was declared as 17 stone 8 pounds for the Klitschko fight, considerably under the 18 stone 5 pound mentioned above by trainer Ben Davison.

It will be interesting to see what Fury weighs in at come Friday.