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Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will finally step into the ring for their long-awaited rematch on Saturday, February 22. Over a year after their dramatic draw in December 2018, the undefeated duo will clash for Wilder's WBC heavyweight crown. Since last doing battle in Los Angeles, Wilder has brutally knocked out Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz with Fury successfully making his US breakthrough with wins over Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin. They will now look to settle the score and decide who can take the title as heavyweight king under the bright Las Vegas lights at the MGM Grand. Tyson Fury will take on Deontay Wilder for a second time on Saturday, February 22.
The fight is taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas - the same place where Fury beat Otto Wallin and Tom Schwarz in his last two bouts. Wilder's WBC crown will be on the line, as well as both of their unbeaten records as they aim to find a winner after their draw in December 2018. The fight is expected to start in the early hours of Sunday morning, at 4am UK time, although that is yet to be confirmed. The fight is being shown exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office in the UK. Screening the fight will cost £24.95, with full details on how to buy being released shortly before the event on -office/ Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury (Heavyweight) BIG FIGHT ODDS Tyson Fury 4/5 Deontay Wilder 11/10 Draw 20/1 Click here to bet with William Hill *Odds subject to change Deontay Wilder has mocked Tyson Fury's claims that he will knock him out in two rounds, saying he has "pillow fists".
Fury is the first and only man to have faced Wilder and not lost in the professional ranks and will be looking to go one better and beat him this time around to take him back to the top of heavyweight boxing for the first time since beating Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015. Odds: Wilder 11-10, Fury 10-11, draw 22-1 Tyson Fury lands a punch on Deontay Wilder during their bout in December 2018 (Photo: Getty) Most champions will have an immediate rematch clause built into any contract for a fight, enabling them to regain their title in case of an upset. It is understood that, unusually, both Wilder and Fury had a rematch clause in their contracts, meaning that a decisive result would have resulted in an immediate re-run but that a draw made things more complicated. Nevertheless, the fight that saw Fury twice get up off the canvas was such an instant classic that there was little doubt the pair would meet again. Wilder confirmed in the summer that contracts had been signed and 22 February is the day the pair will meet again, after the American came through another entertaining rematch against Cuba's Luis Ortiz. There were some concerns when no official announcement had been made by Christmas, but confirmation finally arrived on 27 December, eight weeks out from fight night. The MGM Grand in Las Vegas will host Wilder vs Fury 2 (Getty Images) The rematch had been confirmed for Las Vegas for some time but there was some consternation about the exact choice of venue. Wilder has also fought there twice before, in his most recent fight against Ortiz and when he first became a world champion against Bermane Stiverne. 14 September 2019: Fury beats Otto Wallin by unanimous decision but sustains an enormous cut above his right eye early in the fight that almost sees the doctor stop the bout. 23 November 2019: Wilder stops Luis Ortiz in the seventh round, despite having been out-boxed for the previous six. The Bronze Bomber comes through with no major injuries or problems that could potentially have stood in the way of a 22 February rematch with Fury. 14 December 2019: Promoter Bob Arum refuses to confirm the venue because broadcasters Fox and ESPN are keeping it under wraps but insists the date of the rematch is 'set in stone'. 17 December 2019: Fury announces split with trainer Ben Davison, the man who helped him lose 10 stone and return to professional boxing. 27 December 2019: The fight is finally confirmed for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on February 22. 6 January 2020: A third fight is reportedly on the cards between Fury and Wilder with claims that the contract for the rematch includes a clause that can be activated by the loser to force his opponent into a trilogy bout. 13 January 2020: Fury and Wilder meet face-to-face for the first time in more than a year in Los Angeles at a media-only press conference. The event throws up a number of memorable soundbites, with Fury claiming to be masturbating seven times a day to keep his testosterone levels up in training camp and vowing to knock Wilder out in two rounds, while the American threatened to rip his opponent's head off and "end that lineal bulls**t". 23 January 2020: Reports emerge that promoters have decided who will feature in the main undercard fights with WBO super-bantamweight Emanuel Navarette the main star on what is not expected to be a bumper undercard. Now think of Tyson Fury — because that is the kind of danger he's facing when he attempts for the second time to relieve deadly Deontay Wilder of his WBC world heavyweight title. 3 Deontay Wilder floored Tyson Fury twice last time out and will surely not let him off the hook in the rematch Credit: Alamy Live News 3 Brit Tyson Fury will be walking a tightrope all night against mega-hitter Deontay Wilder on February 22 Credit: Alamy Live News The Gypsy King cannot be under any illusions at the perilous position he will be in a week tomorrow — as he experienced the pulverising power in Wilder's fists when they first met in Las Vegas 14 months ago. The fight ended in a controversial draw. That is why Wilder — with his "bomb squad" battle cry — has 41 knockouts on his 43-fight unbeaten record, giving him a remarkable 95.35 KO percentage. Three months ago, Luis Ortiz was giving him a boxing lesson and he'd won every round going into the sixth. 3 Deontay Wilder delivers the killer blow against Luis Ortiz last November - after waiting patiently for his moment Credit: Getty Images - Getty most read in boxing WILD CLAIMS AJ and Wladimir Klitschko make Fury vs Wilder predictions HIGHER POWER Fury reveals close bond with father John after ditching coach Ben Davison HE FUR REAL? Inside Fury's crazy world from Morecambe home to pulling gypsy wagon in street WILD CLAIM Wilder plans to open up Fury's cut before 'coming in for the kill' in rematch MAY-BE TOO EASY Mayweather claims he only did 'push-ups and sit-ups' before McGregor win LONDON BRAWLING Anthony Joshua wants UK showdown with Tyson Fury despite £150m Saudi offer But he's bound to tire in the later rounds and leave that tiny opening Wilder will be waiting for. About round nine or ten I can see Fury being flattened — only this time he will be unable to hear the referee counting to ten over him. Tyson Fury plans to knock Deontay Wilder out in the second round of their hotly-anticipated heavyweight world title rematch on February 22. The pair's first meeting in December 2018 ended in a controversial draw in a contest many felt the Gypsy King was unfortunate not to win. Getty Images - Getty 2 Fury believes he should have been given the victory in the first fight talkSPORT will be live from Las Vegas to bring you exclusive radio coverage of part II and Fury is vowing to floor Wilder, take home the American's WBC belt and have a well deserved beer afterwards. His trainer, SugarHill Steward, Fury is going for the knockout, but the man himself exclusively told talkSPORT when exactly he plans to do it. Fury went the full twelve rounds with the WBC heavyweight champ when they last met. Wilder floored the Brit twice including a brutal blow in the final round, but Fury defied the odds by getting up from the canvas. Esther Lin/SHOWTIME 2 Fury looked certain to lose in the final round but amazingly managed to get up Wilder has a reputation for packing a very powerful punch but Fury was quick to dismiss this suggestion. On how hard Wilder punches, Fury added: "It ain't so bad, it ain't so bad at all. "So when you can't do it having had the opportunity twice, what would ever possess this idiot to think he's going to do it a third time?" "From the first fight I learnt that if I'm any good at all, then I'm going to beat him in this rematch.