Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury II
Where Can I Watch?
Who? Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury II for the WBC and vacant The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles!
What? Heavyweight rematch for WBC, vacant The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles!
Where? MGM Grand Garden Arena, Nevada, USA
When? 04:00 GMT, Sunday 23rd February 2020
Watch? BT Sport Box Office
Sam’s Betting Tips – Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury II
“In the last bout, Wilder knocked Fury down twice, in Round 9 and Round 12. Fury will need another near-perfect performance if he wants to control the fight and take it the distance.”
- Grouped Fight To End (Rounds 10-12) – 15/2*
- Fight Goes The Distance (NO) – 7/10*
- Deontay Wilder Win by TKO/KO/DQ/TD – 6/5*
*Odds as of February 20th at 14:30 GMT and subject to change
Last Time Out
It is being hailed as unfinished business. Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury go to battle again just over a year after their controversially scored split draw at the Staples Center.
The Gypsy King put on an excellent boxing display, frustrating The Bronze Bomber with lots of straight jabs and excellent faints. Wilder was persistent to land heavy and dropped Fury in Round 9 when his short left hook caused Fury to duck low and in came an overhand right. Fury survived the count and recovered well in Round 10 and 11.
Round 12 then saw Fury get hit with a huge right-left combination that very few could recover from. Fury amazingly beat the count, resurrecting himself like The Undertaker from WWE and the fight made it to the judges. In one of the most mesmerising heavyweight bouts, the judges could not unanimously choose a winner. Despite being dropped twice, Fury out-landed Wilder in nine of the 12 rounds, and had a much higher percentage of punches landed (26%) compared to Wilder (17%).
Since that bout, both fighters have fought twice. Wilder made easy work of Dominic Breazeale with a first round KO, before retaining his WBC title again in a rematch against Luis Ortiz back in November 2019. Fury defeated German Tom Schwarz to win the WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title and got a unanimous decision victory against Swedish boxer Otto Wallin in September 2019. Fury suffered a huge cut in that fight however, where it required over forty stitches to repair the large gash.
Leading up to this rematch, Fury switched trainers at the end of 2019. It came as a surprise in the lead up to such a huge rematch. He left Ben Davison for Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward (FKA Javan ‘Sugar’ Hill). He is the nephew of boxing trainer great Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Steward. Manny trained the likes of Wladimir Klitschko and Lennox Lewis. Fury trained with Manny back in 2010 as a young prodigy and impressed. He was sparring with everyone they put in the ring at the famous Kronk gym. Fury will hope that nephew SugarHill can give him the edge to get a victory in this rematch.
Tale of the Tape
Deontay Wilder – USA, 6 ft 7 in (2.01m), Orthodox, 34 years old
Tyson Fury – UK, 6 ft 9 in (2.06m), Orthodox, 31 years old
Records / Scorecard:
Deontay Wilder 42–0–1 (41 KOs)
Tyson Fury 29–0–1 (20 KOs)
The first bout is the only draw in the careers of both boxers. Wilder has almost a perfect knockout record per fight, whilst Fury has won more fights on decisions, including his last fight against Otto Wallin. They both remain unbeaten, adding to the hype and anticipation for this rematch. In the previous clash, the judges scored 115–111, 112–114, and 113–113.
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