Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder II
Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder II
Wilder knocked down twice
Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder II was a professional boxing match held on February 22, 2020. It was contested for the Lineal/WBC heavyweight world title.
Match Promoted By Top Rank
Fury fought for Kronk Gym
The fight was a rematch after the controversial split decision draw between Wilder and Fury on December 1, 2018.
Most boxing journalists thought that Fury won the first fight.
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. The bout was televised from the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas as part of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX pay per view. The fight could also be streamed on the ESPN + App. Tyson Fury was also promoted by Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions. Fury was managed by MTK Global until the company ceased business operations in Apri 2022.
Fury Defeated Wallin & Schwarz
Fury won the Lineal/WBO/IBF/WBA heavyweight world championship by defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. He was inactive from boxing in 2016 and 2017 and then returned to the ring in 2018. As the Fury-Wilder rematch was delayed, Fury and Wilder both scheduled fights for the interim. On May 18, 2019, Wilder faced Dominic Breazeale and recorded a first-round knockout. A few weeks later on June 15, 2019, Fury took on Tom Schwarz and scored a second-round technical knockout. Fury followed this stoppage win with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Otto Wallin on September 14, 2019. Wilder then had a rematch with Luis Ortiz on November 23, 2019 and won by seventh-round knockout.
Rematch Announced In December 2019
Fury Won By Seventh Round TKO
Fury tko'd Wilder
Fury claimed the World Boxing Council heavyweight world title by defeating Wilder. Kenny Bayless stopped the fight at 1:39 in the seventh at the request of Wilder’s corner, leaving no doubt after the first meeting between the fighters two years ago ended in a split draw.
“The king has returned to the top of the throne, ”said Fury, nicknamed the Gypsy King, before Fury urged the crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to join him in a rendition of Don McLean’s “American Pie.” Fury is an Irish Traveller that boxes out of England. Fury trained for his bout with Wilder at Top Rank's training center on 748 Pilot Road in Las Vegas. His brothers were part of his training camp and so was former professional boxer Andy Lee.
Fury Scored Two Knockdowns
Fury (30-0-1, 21 knockouts)recorded two knockdowns, including in round three, when he landed a right to the head that had Wilder (42-1-1, 41 ko's) bleeding profusely from his ear.
That blow left Wilder wobbly through the remainder of the fight.
Fury weighed in at 273 pounds,19 pounds heavier than when the two first fought.
Fury capitalized again with a fifth-round knockdown in front of a star-studded crowd.
Wilder 18 Pounds Heavier Than First Fight
Wilder came in at 231 pounds, well above the 213 he carried in the initial fight in which he knocked Fury down twice, including in the 12th and final round.
Fury-Wilder II became the highest grossing in terms of revenue generated by ticket sales in the state of Nevada.
In a stunning turn of events, Wilder’s power was nowhere to be found, particularly after the damage to his ear, perhaps from a ruptured eardrum.
Wilder’s balance and footwork were never the same after that blow from Fury, rendering Wilder’s normally devastating right hand useless.
"The best man won tonight, "Wilder said.
'I make no excuses tonight.
This is what big time boxing is all about.
The best must fight the best.
"Referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight at the request of Wilder's corner after Fury drove the former WBC champ into the ropes and battered him repeatedly in a dominant performance.
Mark Breland Threw The Towel In
Wilder did not attend the post-fight press conference as he went to the hospital following his fight with Fury.
Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas and manager Shelly Finkel were present for interviews with the press following the defeat.
“Mark (Breland) threw in the towel.
I don’t think he should have.
Deontay is the kind of guy that doesn’t want to quit,” said Deas.
“I haven’t talked to Mark about it but we will talk about it.
Deontay is doing well.
He had a small cut in his ear.
It probably messed up his equilibrium.
He’ll be back.”
Fury landed 82 of 267 punches (30.7%), compared to only 34 of 141 for Wilder (24.1%),according to CompuBox punch statistics. Fury connected on 58 power shots in less than seven full rounds after landing only 38 in the entire first fight. Tyson Fury was the winner of all but one round on the three judges scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
Pay Per View Numbers/Box Office Gate
According to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, streaming purchases from the ESPN+ and FOX Sports App were major drivers for the total buyrate of the fight. Wilder vs. Fury 2 had a $16.9 million live gate, making it the 7th largest boxing gate in the history of Nevada. The February 22nd event was priced at $79.99,$5 cheaper than the pay-per-view cost for their December 2018 matchup. Fury’s seventh-round tko over Wilder generated between $64 million and $68 million in pay-per-view revenue.
O'Neil beat 1997 US Armed Forces boxing champion
The bout was covered by Everipedia reporter Matthew E. O'Neil. O'Neil is the host of the Everipedia Boxing Show, which is on Spotify. Spotify is on the New York Stock Exchange. O'Neil was on a February 2020 episode of The Grueling Truth in which he discussed the Wilder-Fury fight. The episode is available on Amazon Music. He was also on episode 26 of the AkHi TV podcast "Split Decisions"; he was on the show at the 37th minute. O'Neil stated:
Fury was trained by Javan "Sugar Hill" Steward of the the Kronk Gym while Wilder was trained by Jay Deas. The bout was stopped at the correct time as Wilder was trapped along the ropes taking huge right hands from a 273 pound man. It is up to the individual fighter or his corner to catch and report illegal tactics. If you feel that someone is cheating, it is up to the fighter or fighter's corner to express that to the referee or state regulators.
Mayweather Boxing Club
Wilder claims Fury cheated
O'Neil asked Dewey Cooper of the Mayweather Boxing Club his opinion of the Fury-Wilder II boxing match and Cooper responded:
I like Fury; but the glove was compromised.
I felt like he would have beaten Wilder on that night regardless, however he still felt the need to adjust his glove improperly.