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Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder Rematch Breaks Record for Vegas Heavyweight Gate

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorFebruary 23, 2020

US boxer Deontay Wilder (L) and British boxer Tyson Fury (R) face off during their official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 21, 2020. - The boxers will fight for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Championship Title on February 22, 2020 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Gurzinski / AFP) (Photo by JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
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The highly anticipated rematch between heavyweight boxing champions Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has broken the weight class' Las Vegas gate record, per Top Rank President Todd duBoef (h/t ESPN's Brett Okamoto):

Brett Okamoto @bokamotoESPN

Tonight's heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has officially broken the record for a heavyweight gate in Las Vegas, according to Top Rank president Todd duBoef. The previous record was set in 1999 by Lewis/Holyfield II at $16,860,300 at Thomas & Mack.

Greg Rosenstein @grosenstein

15,816 is the paid attendance for #WilderFury2. A sell-out at MGM Grand Garden Arena. $16.9 million live gate. Highest grossing gate ever for a heavyweight title fight in Nevada.

Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports noted that the fight has set a record in terms of dollar amount but that the rematch between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis in 1999 is still No. 1 when adjusted for inflation:

Kevin Iole @KevinI

Adjusted for inflation, the $16.88 million Holyfield-Lewis 2 gate would be $25.87 million. But in terms of pure dollars, tonight's gate is the heavyweight record. The world record is $72.1 million by Mayweather and Pacquiao in 2015.

Fury and Wilder, who are both undefeated, are set to fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday. The two fought to a split decision in December 2018.

Wilder and Fury are also set to make well into the seven figures for this fight, with Iole reporting Thursday that they'll each get $5 million purses in addition to pay-per-view cuts.

The latest Caesars Palace odds list Wilder as a -135 favorite ($135 bet to win $100). Wilder winning by knockout, TKO or disqualification is -120.

Fury is a +115 underdog ($100 bet to win $115).

The 34-year-old Wilder is 42-0-1 with 41 knockouts. Only one of his wins has come via decision, and it was a unanimous one against Bermane Stiverne in January 2015.

The 31-year-old Fury is 29-0-1 with 20 knockouts. He has fought twice since facing Fury, beating Tom Schwarz by second-round TKO and Otto Wallin via unanimous decision.

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