The rematch of one of the most dramatic heavyweight title bouts of the cutting-edge technology has eventually become official.
Seven months after WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder first tweeted that his rematch with lineal champion and fellow unbeaten Tyson Fury had been signed, the fighters’ prolonged teams made it reputable Friday via confirming the date, venue and broadcast information.
Wilder-Fury II will take vicinity Feb. 22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as a joint pay-per-view aligning Fox Sports, the new domestic of Wilder (42-0-1, forty one KOs), and ESPN, which has broadcast the final two fights for Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) considering that he signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank.
“There’s no greater ducking and diving,” Fury said. “The date has been set, and the ‘Bomb Squad’ is about to be securely detonated and the real champion topped as the world watches on for the most anticipated combat in years.
This is unfinished enterprise for me, however come February 22, this dosser will subsequently get what’s coming to him, and I can not wait!”
Fury received up from a pair of knockdowns, inclusive of a devastating two-punch mixture that floored him in Round 12, to settle for a disputed break up draw towards Wilder in their December 2018 meeting at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Many observers felt the 6-foot-9 Fury, a native of England, deserved the selection for soundly outboxing the 6-foot-7 Wilder.
Immediate rematch negotiations fell aside as soon as Fury aligned himself with Hall of Famer Bob Arum in a co-promotional deal meant to construct up Fury’s brand in the United States on ESPN beforehand of a workable rematch.
Fury did his phase by defeating a pair of unheralded names in Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin in 2019, and even took part in a WWE match in Saudi Arabia to in addition raise his awareness.
Fury, 31, nearly fell out of the Wilder sweepstakes, however, when Wallin badly cut him above his left eye in September, forcing him to brawl his way to decision after being badly rocked in the last round.
Wilder, a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, also raised his stock with a pair of viral knockouts that had been both helpful of best-of-year consideration.
Wilder wanted simply one round (and one punch) to end Dominic Breazeale in May before rallying lower back on the scorecards to finish Luis Ortiz in dramatic fashion to stop their November rematch.
“I’m comfortable and I’m excited that the rematch is finally happening,” Wilder said. “I choose to give the fans what they favor to see. I’ve been doing it with my ultimate three outings — Fury, Breazeale and Ortiz.
They’ve been extraordinary events — from my ring walks the place I acquire all the power of the people, to my uniforms that I put on to assist spread that energy.
Then I supply them what they all come for — the knockouts, and my knockouts have been amazing.
“I proved myself the first time and I’m geared up to do it again. It was once a very controversial fight. I promise my fans that there might not be any controversy with this one. I’m going to end it.”