By Tré Berry III🖊️
The time is now, and the wait is finally over, as one of the most anticipated re-matches in the last handful of years will be upon us this Saturday night on February 22nd. Reigning unbeaten WBC Heavyweight Titlist 🥉🇺🇸Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-0-1, 41KO👊👊) will risk his undefeated record as he will be paired in the ring once again with former Lineal / Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World 🇬🇧Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury (29-0-1, 20KO👊), who is also looking to continue his career unbeaten streak. This match-up has far higher stakes than the first encounter, as not only the WBC Title (held by Wilder) is at stake, but also on the table are the vacant ♛RING-LINEAL World Heavyweight Title and♛TBRB-LINEAL moniker to be awarded to the victor, in signifying thee man in the Heavyweight division and forming a new recognized Lineal Champion by fulfilling the vacancies.
February 16th, 2020 | Their first fight on 🗓️December 1st, 2018 was a modern Heavyweight thriller, as there were brazen encounters throughout the 12 round affair, changing tides within the fight, and some heavy theatrical moments that put a cap on what was certainly a memorable night. They would fight to a controversial draw, therefore both escaped the contest undefeated (on paper), and Wilder would successfully draw it up as a Title defense as he retained his green belt.
The prospects of a re-match were temporarily halted as Fury switched promotional companies to pair up with 🗣️Promoter Bob Arum at Top-Rank, but both Fury and Wilder were men of their word in promising the re-match to take place after taking care of each of their respective assignments to get to this point.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE – Deontay Wilder has had an interesting path in recent times. For the bulk of his career, he would receive some outward criticism for having a thin resumé while failing to secure match-ups with other top-flight Heavyweight boxers and never having a unification fight. While that’s understandable, it is a flawed assessment to take when we are factoring in someone who has been cast as a boogeyman, who couldn’t get the fights he needed even when he wanted to; some of it having to do with promotional squabble, some of the blame shifting to fear from his counterparts, and even with failed drug tests entering the picture prior to a couple of bigger fights that were on the horizon. He did however decide to still take up a stiff test against 🇨🇺Luis “King Kong” Ortiz after Ortiz tested positive for 🍶Chlorothiazide and 🍶Hydrochlorothiazide, waiting of course until what was in his system was flushed out. Deontay at this point in time had all the incentive and excuses in the world to not fight the dangerous Cuban boxer (who was undefeated at the time), and still decided to roll the dice and fight Ortiz on fair grounds.
If we are to put Wilder underneath the 🔍magnifying glass, then it has to be acknowledged that in his last 📝5 contracts signed on paper consists of 2 fights against 🇨🇺Luis Ortiz, 2 fights with 🇬🇧Tyson Fury (of course the latter coming up), and against 🇺🇸Dominic Breazeale, who was cast as his mandatory opponent. I would say personally, that 5-fight block is very good for someone who was once ridiculed for not going after the big challenges, or taking care of his obligations as a Champion, and these encounters have been happening as soon as Wilder got some power control at the big table to have a bigger stake in calling his shots and getting the fights that he wants.
FURY’S SECOND JOURNEY IN BOXING – Tyson Fury has been a very interesting character since his return to the Heavyweight scene. His first couple of encounters back, he used those as showcases, and for means to work himself back into suitable shape before taking the jump back up to high-end competition, and he would take on Deontay without preparing against a quality contender. Fury’s line of thinking was correct though, in that if you have the rooted fundamentals with your skill-set, and the where-with-all to know and do what you need to do, then you can take the gamble and skip the step to take on that title fight that you covet.
While the majority of fight pundits (including yours truly) believed Fury tacked on enough points to get the victory and WBC title, he was also a fraction of a second away from losing as he was temporarily sent to Jupiter for a couple of seconds after a lethal 💥cross/hook combination that put him flat on his back and had his eyes rolling in 💫orbit for about 5 seconds.
Fury’s Herculean effort to get up from those 💣bombs has gone down in the lores of legend, as that is something you would typically see in a 🎬Hollywood script. Showcasing his fighting spirit, he earned a great deal of respect from the boxing community, and furthered his own 📈redemption/bounce back story from his battles with depression. Since the fight, he made a spectacle of contender 🇩🇪Tom Schwarz here in Las Vegas, where he made himself more known to United States onlookers and gained quite a few fans from both of those fights discussed.
His last outing, he had a major scare as Sweden’s 🇸🇪Otto Wallin opened up a nasty gash of a cut over Fury’s right eye that wouldn’t stop leaking out, and from there, the fight then became “Tyson Fury versus the Referee, the Commission, and the clock”. Fortunately enough, Fury’s Cut-Man Jorge Capetillo did a fantastic job in coagulating the cut as best as he could, and Fury, to his credit switched his tactics and normal fighting style to go more on the offensive to take away Wallin’s opportunities to do more damage to the cut. More than anything, cuts of that magnitude are happen-stance, you can’t really control the circumstances in proactively stopping it from happening, but it speaks very well to Tyson Fury’s all-around skill-level that he was able to adapt at a point when he was in desperate need of it, once again making his case for arguably being the most versatile, established Heavyweight boxer since the great ♛🥇🇬🇧Lennox Lewis from those late ’90’s and early days of the 2000’s.
Fury has made quite a few changes since his fight with Wilder, deciding to part ways with former-Trainer 🗣️Ben Davidson, to team up once again with now Head-Trainer 🗣️Sugar Hill Steward, whom Fury had spent some time with in the past prior to Davidson, which is interesting in and of itself. He also replaced his Cutman with the Legendary Stitch Duran, which is also very interesting, as extra attention will be honed on to that eye as Fury had 47 stitches after a fight with Wallin that might not have fully healed since that fight.
This is the big one, and to see who will be crowned the King of the division, and/or the man to be pursued, tune into 💵ESPN+ PPV or 💵FOX-PPV, as they will be both simulcast on each network. The fight will take place in Las Vegas this time (the first encounter was in Los Angeles), and will be fought at the famed 🎰MGM Grand Garden Arena. Wilder will be attempting to make the 11th defense of his WBC Title and to start up a new lineage, and Tyson Fury is looking to become a 2X Lineal World Champion. Be sure to tune in for what should be an interesting encounter between 2 ambitious Heavyweights looking to get to the ⛰️mountain-top of the division..
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
World Heavyweight Championship Contest
WBC Heavyweight Title
RING-Lineal Heavyweight Title
TBRB-Lineal Heavyweight Title