When hyping their highly-anticipated heavyweight title rematch Saturday night in Las Vegas, Wilder and Fury intensify attention with bombastic, vulgar and sometimes amusing rhetoric.
“This makes this fight such an exciting fight, not only with our words but with our action and waiting to see what’s going to happen,” Wilder said.
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|Date||Saturday, Feb. 22|
|Time||Main card coverage begins 9 p.m. ET|
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The gift of gab indeed is a valuable asset in the leadup to the rematch at MGM Grand Garden Arena. But Wilder-Fury 2 doesn’t occur if not for the sour taste of a verdict and impression both fighters left in their first match 14 months ago.
Wilder retained his World Boxing Council belt with a split draw. Former champion Fury believed he adeptly out-boxed Wilder to win a decision but Wilder’s power proved sufficient to help rescue his title.
Wilder scored knockdowns in the ninth and 12th rounds that propelled him to win the fight on one judge’s scorecard and draw on a second tally. Fury was the winner on the third judge’s scorecard.
Fury’s recovery from the final round knockdown added to the demands for the rematch. Not only did a seemingly-knocked out Fury reach his feet before the 10-count but he traded shots with Wilder until the last bell. The snapshot from the closing seconds has provided another reason why the heavyweight division is relevant again with U.S. fight fans.
Oddsmakers view Wilder as -114 favorite to retain his belt in the rematch and Fury’s odds are at -106 to dethrone the champion.
The byproduct of the first bout and the fighters’ ability to promote an event could push the pay-per-view purchases beyond one million. Fox Sports and ESPN will jointly broadcast the event because of Wilder’s and Fury’s contractual tie-ins with the respective networks.
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“I didn’t have the gas to finish him in the last fight, but this time I can turn that screwdriver until he’s gone,” Fury said. “Let’s make it a Marvin Hagler versus Tommy Hearns type of fight. I’ll meet you in the middle of the ring on (Saturday).
“I’m going to go out there. I’m going to give him a boxing lesson and I’m going to knock him out. I’ve never been as sure of anything in my whole life.
A victory for Fury in the first bout would have successfully completed his return from career abyss. A native of England, Fury dethroned former champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 but never defended his multiple sanctioning body titles. Fury descended into depression, coupled with substance abuse problems, forcing him to vacate his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization belts.
Although he is not currently recognized as titleholder by the sanctioning bodies, Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) prides on being the lineal champion because he didn’t lose his titles in the ring. Moreover, Fury repeatedly uses his status as lineal champion in the buildup to Saturday’s bout.
“I’m the best of my era and I took that title from Wladimir Klitschko,” Fury said. “Nobody disputed he was the best and I took that from him, until someone beats me, that’s my title.”
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Whether it’s part of his rematch hype, Fury said he will pursue a knockout against Wilder. Previous Wilder opponents who opted for such strategy ended up playing with fire.
Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) has earned distinction as one of the best heavyweight punchers in the division’s glorified history. What makes Wilder’s bouts intriguing are his ability to end fights or, as in the first Fury bout, salvage decisions with his power.
In his 10th successful title defense last November, Wilder trailed on all three scorecards before knocking out Luis Ortiz with one punch in the seventh round.
“I really don’t know what their plans are or what he’s going to do or what he’s not going to do,” Wilder said of Fury’s strategy. He continued, “I don’t know what is true about what he is and what is not true, I know one thing, that I’m prepared for anything he brings to the table.
“So, if you want to bring the fight, then come on, let’s make it happen. That’ll benefit me more than anything – him coming full at me.”
Wilder, who ended an eight-year drought of U.S.-born heavyweight champions after he decisioned Bermane Stiverne in 2015, is 2-0 in rematches. The knockout over Ortiz followed up his 10th-round TKO over the Cuban contender in 2018. Wilder granted Stiverne another an opportunity to reclaim his title in 2017 and stopped him in one round.
“I’ve just been blessed tremendously,” Wilder said of his power. “It’s one of the things I can’t describe how it transpired. When you have a calling in your life, it’s just that.”
Wilder uses the example of the second Ortiz fight that judges’ verdicts are rarely needed in his bouts and won’t be required against Fury on Saturday.
“With Deontay Wilder I’m unpredictable, so you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Wilder said. “But I know when it comes, bam baby, good night. He’s going to go timber! This is unfinished business.”
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