Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury Rematch Set for Feb. 22; Reportedly at MGM Grand

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorNovember 27, 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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The long-awaited rematch between heavyweight superstars Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is set for February 22, per ESPN's Dan Rafael.

The location has not been confirmed, but Rafael wrote that MGM Grand in Las Vegas is "most likely" the venue. Wilder most recently beat Luis Ortiz via a vicious seventh-round knockout there on Saturday.

Shelly Finkel, who is Wilder's manager, expanded upon the topic.

"It will all get worked out in early December as far as the site, but the 22nd is the date," Finkel said. "The site is not 100 percent set, but I'm not concerned about getting the site done. We'll meet about that and about when to make the official announcement, when to have a press conference. These are things that still need to get done."

Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum did as well.

"There is no reason to believe the MGM won't do what they always do to attract a big fight, because obviously this is the biggest fight, and no question the MGM loves to have the big fights," Arum said. "There's nothing written in stone, so Shelly is totally correct that the site is not 100 percent done, but all things being equal and the MGM does what they generally do, the fight will be at the MGM."

Arum also said that an official announcement will occur before Christmas and that the fight is occurring on Feb. 22.

Wilder and Fury fought to a split draw last December at Staples Center in Los Angeles, with the cards reading 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113.

The two have each fought twice since then. Wilder scored a first-round knockout over Dominic Breazeale before the Ortiz fight, and Fury earned a second-round TKO over Tom Schwarz before a unanimous decision win over Otto Wallin.

Per Rafael, Wilder and Fury were obligated to fight twice against other opponents before a rematch. A third fight is also forthcoming.

Fury, 31, sports a 29-0-1 record. The Briton has won 20 of his matches by knockout and is ranked 28th on BoxRec's pound-for-pound rankings.

Wilder, 34, is 42-0-1. The WBC heavyweight champion has knocked out all of his opponents (or seen them retire) with the exception of Fury and Bermane Stiverne, who lost via unanimous decision in November 2017. The Alabama native is 10th on the BoxRec pound-for-pound list.

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