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Wilder vs Fury: The fight of the decade is fast approaching

The Wilder vs Fury rematch could be a fight to remember if the WBC Heavyweight title bout lives up to it promotion.

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The long-awaited rematch of the Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury heavyweight title bout will lay down a marker for Boxing matches for years to come if it lives up to the hype.

Wilder vs Fury II takes centre stage in Las Vegas on Saturday 22 February (Sunday 23 February SAST).

Wilder vs Fury: The sequel to a controversial classic

Fury outboxed Wilder for much of their 2018 fight but the American knocked down the Gypsy King twice and the match was declared a draw. Fury remains the lineal heavyweight champion of the world without an officially sanctioned title and is undefeated in 30 fights.

Wilder holds the WBC Heavyweight title, but he does not hold bragging rights over Fury. Wilder’s left-right combination put Fury out in their first fight, but the Englishman beat the referee’s count.

Both men firmly believe they won the fight, but the judges scored it as a draw.

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Wilder vs Fury: Deontay Wilder punches Tyson Fury in the fifth round, fighting to a draw during the WBC Heavyweight Championship at Staples Center on December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Betting on the fight

The bookies haven’t been prepared to declare an clear favourite by any great margin so punters will have to accurately predict the round the fight will end to make it worth their while.

Wilder is the slender favourite to claim the fight by TKO, KO or DQ but according to the lastest odds he is a longshot to end the fight early.

Fury is at short odds to win the fight by knockout in the first two or three rounds of the match though and many commentators make him the favourite.

Wilder vs Fury: What they have said

Fury promised to bring the fight to Wilder early on.

“I’m not bothered about getting hit and hurt,” said Fury at the Grand Arrival in Las Vegas on 19 February. “I’m coming out like a raging bull.”

At the MGM Grand arrival Fury reiterated his prediction that he would end the fight in the second round.

Wilder doesn’t want the fight to go to twelve rounds again and has promised to knock Fury out.

“I’ve said it so often: These guys I’m fighting, they have to be perfect for 12 rounds, but I only have to be perfect for two seconds,” Wilder said.

Wilder expressed his desire to emulate Muhammad Ali and unify the heavyweight championships. He would not discuss the prospect of a third fight against Fury.

Grand arrival

Warning this video contains some strong language.

How you can watch Wilder vs Fury

The match will be broadcast on Supersport 1 (DSTV Channel 201) and Supersport 8 (DSTV Channel 208) and can be streamed through DSTV Now. The broadcast will begin at 04:00 on Sunday 22 February, the Wilder vs Fury match will begin at around 06:45.

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