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Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II

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Unfinished Business
WilderFury2.jpeg
DateFebruary 22, 2020
VenueMGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
Title(s) on the lineWBC, vacant The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles
Tale of the tape
Boxer United States Deontay Wilder United Kingdom Tyson Fury
Nickname The Bronze Bomber Gypsy King
Hometown Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S. Manchester, England
Pre-fight record 42–0–1 (41 KOs) 29–0–1 (20 KOs)
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Weight 231 lb (104.8 kg) 273 lb (123.8 kg)
Style Orthodox Orthodox
Recognition WBC heavyweight champion Former unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight champion
Result
Fury wins via 7th-round technical knockout

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II, billed as Unfinished Business, was a heavyweight professional boxing rematch between undefeated and reigning WBC champion Deontay Wilder and undefeated former unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal champion Tyson Fury, for the WBC and vacant The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles. The first fight ended in a controversial split draw.[1] The fight was jointly promoted by the American Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions, Bob Arum's Top Rank and British Frank Warren's Queensberry Promotions.[2][3][4] The event took place on February 22, 2020, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada. Fury won the bout by seventh-round technical knockout (TKO).

Background

The fight was a rematch after the controversial split decision draw between Wilder and Fury on December 1, 2018. 27 leading Boxing journalists and publications scored the bout 15 for Fury as the winner and 3 for Wilder with 9 scoring it a draw.[5] After the bout, there were calls for an immediate rematch. The WBC announced in February 2019 that there would not be an immediate rematch as Fury signed a contract with ESPN and Top Rank that meant the negotiations would be more difficult as the rematch would be a co-promotion, of which there had only been two before: Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson in 2002 and Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao in 2015.[6]

As the rematch was delayed, Fury and Wilder both scheduled fights for the interim. On May 18, 2019, Wilder faced Dominic Breazeale (20–1, 18 KOs) and recorded a first-round KO. A few weeks later on June 15, 2019, Fury took on Tom Schwarz (24–0, 16 KOs) and scored a second-round TKO. Fury followed this stoppage win with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Otto Wallin (20–0, 13 KOs) on September 14, 2019. Wilder then had a rematch with Luis Ortiz (31–1, 26 KOs) on November 23, 2019, and won by seventh-round KO.[7]

Both Fury and Wilder called each other out after their fights, and the rematch was officially announced on December 27, 2019 for February 22, 2020 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.[8]

Fight card

Main Card (PPV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight United Kingdom Tyson Fury def. United States Deontay Wilder TKO 7/12 1:39 [a]
Heavyweight United States Charles Martin def. United States Gerald Washington TKO 6/12 1:57 [b]
Junior featherweight Mexico Emanuel Navarrete def. Philippines Jeo Santisima TKO 11/12 2:20 [c]
Light middleweight United States Sebastian Fundora def. Australia Daniel Lewis UD 10
Preliminary card
Light welterweight United States Javier Molina def. United States Amir Imam UD 8
Light welterweight Russia Petros Ananyan def. Puerto Rico Subriel Matías UD 10
  1. ^ For the WBC, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles
  2. ^ Title eliminator match for the IBF heavyweight title.
  3. ^ For the WBO junior featherweight title

Broadcasting

On December 27, 2019, due to the fighters' respective television rights being held by the two networks, it was announced that the United States pay-per-view of the fight would be a joint presentation of ESPN (Top Rank rightsholder) and Fox Sports (PBC rightsholder).[9] The PPV was largely produced by ESPN staff,[10] and was called by Lennox Lewis and Andre Ward, joined by ESPN's Joe Tessitore at ringside. Timothy Bradley (Fox), Max Kellerman (ESPN), Brian Kenny (Fox), and Shawn Porter (Fox) served as analysts.[11]

ESPN employed its largest production it had ever used for a boxing telecast, including 38 cameras (which included a pair of new wide-angle "bumper cams" installed within the mat on two corners of the ring), microphones above the ring, and a 360-degree replay system. During the week leading up to the fight, both ESPN and Fox Sports 1 aired editions of their studio programs from around the MGM Grand complex: ESPN broadcast special editions of First Take, Max on Boxing, and SportsCenter on-location from a stage outside the theater, while Fox Sports 1 likewise aired editions of Speak for Yourself from the MGM Grand Race & Sports Book.[10] Both networks aired promos for the event during flagship sports telecasts, including the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship and Super Bowl LIV. Fox produced a four-part documentary series, Inside Wilder-Fury II, to lead towards the fight.[11]

Top Rank owner Bob Arum stated that there were provisional plans for a six-match preliminary undercard that would be split between Top Rank and PBC, with separate telecasts on an ESPN network and a Fox Sports network to air their respective half of the card.[12] The two-fight preliminary card was simulcast between ESPN (with the first half-hour airing on ESPNews due to scheduling conflicts), Fox Sports 1, and Fox Deportes.[13][14]

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, BT Sport Box Office acquired rights to the PPV.[15]

The world feed was called by PBC's Ray Flores and Top Rank's Crystina Poncher.[16][17]

Country/region Broadcaster
Free to air Cable/pay television PPV Stream
 United States (host) N/A ESPN ESPN+
ESPNews
ESPN Deportes
FS1 Fox Fox Sports Go
Fox Deportes
 United Kingdom N/A BT Sport Box Office
 Ireland
 Australia N/A Main Event[18] N/A
 Austria N/A DAZN[19]
 Germany
 Italy[20]
 Spain[21]
  Switzerland
N/A TV3 Sport N/A Go3
 Bulgaria[23] N/A Ring N/A Voyo
 Canada N/A Various N/A
 France[24] N/A Canal+ Sport N/A My Canal
 Indonesia[25] tvOne N/A VIVA
Mola TV[26] N/A Mola TV On Demand
 Timor-Leste N/A
 Japan[27] N/A Wowow N/A Wowow
N/A ESPN N/A WatchESPN
N/A Fight Sports MAX
 Mexico Azteca 7[29] N/A Azteca En Vivo
 Netherlands[30] N/A Kijk
 New Zealand N/A Sky Arena N/A
N/A Viaplay
 Panama[32] RPC-TV N/A Medcom Go
 Philippines[33][34] N/A Cignal PPV Cignal Play
Sky Sports Sky On Demand
 Poland[35] TVP Sport N/A TVP Stream
 Russia[36] REN TV N/A REN TV
N/A SuperSport N/A DStv Now
 Thailand[38] PPTV N/A PPTV
 Turkey[39] DMAX N/A DMAX

National anthems

Country Anthem Singer Ref
 United States The Star-Spangled Banner Gavin DeGraw [40]
 United Kingdom God Save the Queen Danny Walten

See also

References

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Preceded by
vs. Luis Ortiz
Deontay Wilder's bouts Succeeded by
TBD
Preceded by
vs. Otto Wallin
Tyson Fury's bouts Succeeded by
TBD