Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena won’t know what’s hit it when one of the most anticipated fights in heavyweight history comes to town
Wilder v Fury 2, Saturday 22 February, 12am (early Sunday morning), BT Sport Box Office. HD only, £24.95. Booking now open
Two controversial fighters. One unmissable title showdown live on BT Sport Box Office. Make no mistake, Deontay Wilder’s upcoming rematch with Tyson Fury for the WBC Heavyweight crown is the biggest fight 2020 has seen so far.
Their first encounter in Los Angeles at the end of 2018 was so epic a Rocky-obsessed Hollywood scriptwriter specialising in boxing-themed epics would have struggled to conjure such compelling drama. It was that incredible.
Both of these undefeated fighters gave absolutely everything over 12 thrilling rounds, with defending champion Wilder knocking Fury to the canvas twice. But the belligerent Brit, who outboxed his opponent for the majority of the bout, defied all logic by getting to his feet on both occasions before the match ended in a controversial split-decision draw.
Was Fury robbed of a historic triumph? He certainly thinks so. But the Gypsy King now has a second chance to end the Bronze Bomber’s unbeaten record, get his hands on the WBC Heavyweight title, and cement his status as one of modern boxing’s true greats.
“There’s no more ducking and diving. This is unfinished business for me, but come February 22, this dosser will finally get what’s coming to him, and I can’t wait,” says Fury, with characteristic humility.
But if he thinks Wilder is about to relinquish the gold without putting up one heck of a fight in Las Vegas, he’s got another thing coming. Why? Because the champ is determined to end the considerable threat of Fury once and for all.
“I promise my fans that there won’t be any controversy with this one,” claims Wilder, who boasts a staggering record of 41 knockouts from his 42 victories. “I’m going to finish it.”
This unmissable encounter will also go a long way to shaping the future of a heavyweight division that’s rarely looked in better nick. The winner of this fight could face IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua in a unification bout that would send shockwaves around the world. Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has suggested that such a clash would be almost impossible to resist.
But that’s all to come. In the meantime there’s a super-sized showdown between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury to settle, and you can follow every jab, hook and uppercut exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office. Can Wilder prove he’s the man, or will Fury be victorious in Vegas? It’s all on the line.
Here are the key stats ahead of the big night…
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