Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2
The date of rematch between the reigning WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO) and former WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO) has been set. The pair is scheduled to square off for the second time on February 23 (AEST) at the venue that is yet to be determined, ESPN reported citing Bob Arum. The official fight announcement is expected to be made next month.
“We’re going to have an announcement before Christmas, but the fight is happening February 22 (Feb. 23 in Australia). You can go to sleep on that,” Bob Arum said.
Arum is expected to have a meeting with Wilder’s managers, Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon of “Premier Boxing Champions” and discuss the details, which includes the venue accommodating the event. MGM Grand in Las Vegas is likely to be the host.
“There is no reason to believe the MGM won’t do what they always do to attract a big fight, because obviously this is the biggest fight, and no question the MGM loves to have the big fights,” Arum said. “There’s nothing written in stone, so Shelly [Finkel] is totally correct that the site is not 100 percent done, but all things being equal and the MGM does what they generally do, the fight will be at the MGM.”
Wilder and Fury first met in December 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The bout went a full twelve-round distance. Fury out-boxed Wilder in 9 out of 12 rounds. Wilder dropped Fury in Round 9 and 12. The verdict heard a controversial split draw (115–111 for Wilder, 114–112 for Fury, and 113–113).
Prior facing off for the second time both had to go through two interim contests. “Gypsy King” Fury defeated Tom Schwarz via second-round TKO in June and earned a unanimous decision against Otto Wallin in September. “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder scored the first-round KO of Dominc Breazeale in May, and most recently KO’d Luis Ortiz in Round 7.