Tyson Fury took one last look into Wladimir Klitschko’s eyes before they meet in the ring as they weighed in just a pound apart ahead of Saturday’s world heavyweight title showdown.
The British challenger came in at 17st 9lbs, his lightest in three years, while WBA, WBO and IBF champion Klitschko was a pound lighter.
Klitschko had been expected to be leaner and lighter than usual for this bout but will actually be more than four pounds heavier than in his last fight against Bryant Jennings.
Fury, who shunned Klitschko’s offer to shake hands before the weigh-in but did so after their stare-down, claims he has the mental edge.
He said: “I saw fear and nerves in his face, like I always do when I stare into Wladimir’s eyes.
“I think he’s very tense and uptight about this fight. He knows he’s going to lose.
“Hopefully I have some nervous energy myself by Saturday night because at the moment I’m not nervous at all. I just feel like I’m going to the sweet shop.
“One more sleep and I get what I’ve always wanted; my chance to prove I’m the best heavyweight in the world.
“I have to thank Klitschko for actually giving me this chance. I’ve had to fight three world title eliminators to get here. It’s been a long road but I’ve finally arrived - and I’m staying.”