When Deontay Wilder(42-0-1, 41 KOs) and Tyson Fury(29-0-1, 20 KOs) talk, people listen. These are two of the best personalities in the sport of boxing, and on Monday in Los Angeles, the two came together at a press conference to promote their rematch on February 22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The first fight, which happened in December 2018, was very compelling, especially the 12th round, where Wilder knocked Fury down, but somehow, someway, Fury was able to get up and have some success later in that round. Ultimately, the fight ended in a draw.
Other than the two Wilder knockdowns, it was more boxing than fighting, and Fury did most of the boxing, but this time around, Fury wants to go toe-to-toe with Wilder.
“The consensus is either he knocks me out, or I win on points,” Fury said. “Usually, when people have that opinion, it goes the opposite way around. Expect him to box and me to be looking for the knockout.
“He thinks I’m going to come out herky-jerky with my famous style, but I want him to meet me in the center of the ring and have a slugfest, best man wins. 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. Let’s make it a Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns type of fight. I’ll meet you in the middle of the ring on February 22. Just watch out for the right hand, because you’re going to sleep in two rounds.”
Now, there is no way Fury will fight Wilder the way Hagler and Hearns fought each other, which was one of the greatest fights in boxing history. At this point, Fury is trying to sell the fight, but if they were to fight toe-to-toe, we also might be calling Wilder-Fury II one of the greatest fights in boxing history.
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