The highly anticipated rematch between heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is now official. Top Rank Boxing and Premier Boxing Champions announced today that the fight will be held on Feb. 22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets will go on sale on tomorrow.
Following the announcement both fighters went to twitter to make a statement.
Fury, the lineal heavyweight champion, wrote “It’s on! Feb 22 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Watch me knock out Deontay Wilder AKA The Big Dosser.”
It?s on! Feb. 22 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, watch me knock out Deontay Wilder AKA The Big Dosser.? Tickets on sale TOMORROW at 10 a.m. PT (6 p.m. UK).? Get your tickets at ;https://t.co/YXkHQubNzQ#WilderFury2 pic.twitter.com/DAxjHE3ghr
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) December 27, 2019
Wilder, who holds the WBC heavyweight championship, tweeted “After February 22nd, there will be no more unanswered questions. I will finish what I started, and this time, Tyson Fury will not be getting up off that canvas so quickly. I’ve proven myself time and time again and I will do it again in February.”
After February 22nd there will be no more unanswered questions. I will finish what I started, and this time @Tyson_Fury will not be getting up off that canvas so quickly. I’ve proven myself time and time again and I will do it again in February. #WilderFury2 pic.twitter.com/GkYSzNCBAU
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) December 27, 2019
Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs), 34, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs), 31, of England, met in December of 2018 and fought to draw. That fight, which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, ended with controversy.
Many thought Fury out boxed Wilder to win a decision, but Wilder’s big right hand dropped Fury twice to help him keep a loss off his record. The judges scored the contest 155-111 Wilder, 114-112 Fury and 113-113.
Since their last meeting both men have fought twice. Fury knocked out Tom Schwarz in June and then earned a close decision win over Otto Wallin in September. Wilder fought in May and November and knocked out both Dominic Breazeale and Luiz Ortiz.
This fight will be Fury’s first fight with his new trainer Javan “Sugar” Hill. Earlier this month “The Gypsy King” announced that he parted ways trainer Ben Davison.