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Ring Cycle: What You Need to Know About Wilder v. Fury

Unfinished business? You better believe it. Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will meet for another grudge match Saturday, February 22, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Here’s our analysis, and Dave Bontempo’s forecast.

Buckle up, fight fans. The first big match of 2020 is the rematch between WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, to be held February 22 in Las Vegas.

They’re calling it Unfinished Business. Here’s what you should know about this highly-anticipated matchup.

  1. The contestants battled to a controversial yet exhilarating draw back in 2018. Why controversial? Fury outboxed Wilder most of the way, outlanding him in nine of 12 rounds. But he also suffered two crushing knockdowns, including one in the 12th. Fury had no business getting up from the second KO, but he did—and so, we have to do it again. Wilder entered with the title, so he retained it with the draw.

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  1. Wilder is slightly favored at -108 at PointsBet, while Fury is +100. Fights with these odds bring viewers—and bettors.
  2. At 6-feet-9-inches tall, Fury is one of the rare fighters taller than the 6-7 Wilder. One reason Wilder was outboxed for so long in the first encounter is that he was punching up at an opponent, rather than driving him back with the jab to set up a crunching right hand.
  3. It’s a battle of “O’s.” Wilder is 42-0 with 41 knockouts. He usually lands one fight-changing bomb in every bout. Fury is 29-0, with 20 knockouts. They like to say “Somebody’s O has got to go” when undefeated fighters meet, but in the first matchup, nobody’s “O” went anywhere, because of the draw.

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Wilder won the title in the same building where he’ll defend it. He captured the title in 2015 with a decision against Bermane Stiverne, and has made 10 successful defenses. The winner of this fight may oppose Anthony Joshua in a mega-fight later this year.

The “If” Factor:
If Fury boxes just like the first fight and has a little extra stamina, he wins. If Wilder hurts Fury early enough in a given round, he’ll win by knockout.

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Dave Bontempo, a multiple award-winning writer and broadcaster, has covered sports for the Associated Press, ESPN, HBO and Showtime and called boxing matches on every major network. Dave is a winner of the Sam Taub Award for broadcast excellence given by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and is a member of both the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and the Atlantic City International Boxing Hall of Fame. He writes regularly for sportsquare.com and Global Gaming Business magazine.

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