Their first fight changed the dynamic of a packed heavyweight division – and now Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will look the settle the score once and for all.
It was officially announced on Friday evening that Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) will again meet Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) on February 22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout is a rematch of the pair’s controversial December 2018 split decision draw.
Following confirmation of the fight, YouTube account “Jont Edits” released a hype video for the clash, highlighting both the events of the first fight, as well as media reaction to it.
Fury boxed magnificently for much of the first fight – employing a slick, counter-punching strategy to thoroughly frustrate Wilder – for whom moments of success were rare. The American did, however, manage to floor Fury in the ninth round of the contest with a chopping right hand.
Fury would bravely survive the round and seemed to be in a commanding lead heading into the 12th and final round of the contest. Indeed, the video shows Showtime commentator Mauro Ranallo speculating aloud that Wilder would need a knockout to retain his WBC heavyweight title.
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Wilder would find the punch he required in dramatic fashion, sending Fury crashing to the canvas. In the immediate aftermath of the punch, Wilder celebrated as though he believed there was no way that Fury would be able to continue.
The shocking turn of events even caused Ranallo to exclaim “Wilder has done it,” almost certainly believing that Fury would be unable to beat the count of referee Jack Reiss.
Fury did, of course, famously make it to his feet – and arguably finished the final round the stronger.
The bout would go to the judges’ scorecards, with most at ringside believing that Fury had done enough to take the decision. Fans and pundits alike were stunned at the announcement of a split decision draw. From that moment on, a rematch at some point seemed inevitable.
Following its recap of the first fight, the video turns its attention to the response of the media to the judges’ scorecards.
“No…Tyson Fury won the fight. He should have won,” argued ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith. “I love Deontay Wilder, but Tyson Fury can box.”
Hall of Fame trainer Teddy Atlas then agreed with his colleague stating: “Wilder was exposed.”
Former world champion Timothy Bradley praised both fighters for agreeing to a rematch of such a hard-fought bout – particularly when there are other options out there for both men.
“I tweeted after the first fight that neither man would want to go through that again…I was wrong.”
Fury certainly appears more than ready to take on Wilder again – and vowed to adopt a far more aggressive approach this time around.
“I’m not gonna tip-tap round. I’m definitely gonna knock him out this time…In heavyweight boxing one punch can change a fight!”
Wilder, in typical fashion, predicts that he will fell Fury once again – and this time will be victorious without the need for the judges.
“Damn baby…He’s going to be out – and if he gets up I’m gonna put him right back down.”
The build to Wilder vs Fury 2 has well and truly begun. Fans are split as to the outcome, but both the fight – and the build to it – look set to be memorable.