Video: Tyson Fury Announces Deontay Wilder Rematch Scheduled for Feb. 22

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 17, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 01:  Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury punch each other in the ninth 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)
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Tyson Fury revealed on ESPN's Now or Never on Friday that he will face WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in a rematch Feb. 22 in Las Vegas:

Fury and Wilder battled to a split decision on Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles.

The 31-year-old Fury sports a 28-0-1 record and most recently beat Tom Schwarz via a second-round TKO. He's slated to face Otto Wallin on Sept. 14 in Paradise, Nevada.

Like Fury, Wilder has won every professional match minus his split-decision draw, earning a 41-0-1 record. The 33-year-old most recently knocked out Dominic Breazeale in the first round on May 18.

Wilder will fight Luis Ortiz next, with the location and date to be determined. Mike Coppinger of The Athletic reported that it will "likely" be Nov. 23 and credited Jake Donovan for revealing that Las Vegas is the "likely site."

Fury has exuded confidence ahead of the fight, going on ESPN's First Take on Tuesday and telling Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman that he was going to knock Wilder out:

Wilder told BT Sport on Aug. 10 that he felt he gave Fury a concussion during their first fight:

Fans are in for a great show if the match is anything like their first bout, which was scored 115–111 (for Wilder), 112–114 (for Fury) and 113–113.

CompuBox (h/t Boxing Scene) relayed the notable themes, in which Fury landed more punches but Wilder looked more powerful at his best:

"Fury out-landed Wilder 84-71 overall, 46-40 jabs and 38-31 power and in the round-by-round breakdown, Fury led 9-3 in total connects and landed power punches as well as 6-2-4 in landed jabs, but while Fury won his rounds by mostly small margins (two or fewer connects in seven of his nine rounds in terms of total connects), Wilder won his rounds by larger gaps (2, 6 and 6, with the final two figures being the knockdown rounds of nine and 12). That dynamic might explain the wildly divergent scorecards."

The odds are already out for the reported rematch. Oddschecker doesn't give either man a significant edge, with Fury acting as the slight -125 favorite ($125 to win $100) over the +125 underdog Wilder.

As for their next fights, Oddschecker has Wilder and Fury as big favorites. The champion is a -400 favorite over Ortiz, while Fury is a massive -2000 favorite over Wallin.

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