Many in the boxing world knew that it would happen. Now the whole world knows that it is official.
The rematch for the WBC and lineal heavyweight championships will be on the line on February 22nd as Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 40 KOs) will face Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 20 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. On December 1st 2018, Wilder and Fury fought to a draw as Fury seemed to have the upper hand for most of the fight until two knockdowns by Wilder made the fight even in the judges scorecards. Now after more than a year since that fight took place, the announcement of their well-anticipated rematch has been made.
Wilder is coming off two knockout victories since that fight took place as he defeated Dominic Breazeale in one round and Luis Ortiz in seven rounds. He looks forward to this fight as it most likely is the biggest fight in his professional career.
“I’m happy and I’m excited that the rematch is finally happening,” said Wilder. “I want to give the fans what they want to see. I’ve been doing it with my last three outings – Fury, Breazeale and Ortiz. They’ve been spectacular events – from my ring walks where I gather all the energy of the people, to my uniforms that I wear to help spread that energy.”
He felt that he won the fight last December, and is very confident that he will be the victor once they step into the ring on February 22nd.
“I proved myself the first time and I’m ready to do it again. It was a very controversial fight. I promise my fans that there won’t be any controversy with this one. I’m going to finish it.”
Tyson Fury had a very active year following the first fight with Wilder. He signed a promotional deal with Top Rank Boxing, then had a fight in the same arena where this rematch will take place in June as he stopped Tom Schwarz. He followed that up with another fight in Las Vegas against Otto Wallin, where he had to deal with a massive cut above his eye to win a decision. Fury also took some time out of the boxing ring to try his hand in professional wrestling as he took on Braun Strowman in Saudi Arabia. Even with a busy year, he is eager to take on the WBC champion once again.
“There’s no more ducking and diving,” said Fury. “The date has been set, and the ‘Bomb Squad’ is about to be securely detonated and the real champion crowned as the world watches on for the most anticipated fight in years. This is unfinished business for me, but come February 22nd, this dosser will finally get what’s coming to him, and I can’t wait!”