2020 kicks off in style with the biggest heavyweight rematch since Lennox Lewis vs Evander Holyfield back in 1999, as WBC kingpin Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41KOs) meets Lineal champion Tyson Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs) for a second time.
BBN have provided all the details for viewers who want to know how and where to watch the heavyweight world title fight on the same day in history that Britain's biggest ever robbery took place, when £53 million was stolen from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge. Will there be another robbery in the rematch or will the scorecards be impartial this time?
The bout takes place on February 22, 2020
It takes place at the 17,000-capacity MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The historical setting has played host to some of the sport's biggest events, such as Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez, and Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.
12 three-minute championship rounds at heavyweight
Wilder's WBC belt, which he has held for over five years and defended 10 times, and Tyson's Lineal heavyweight championship, that he won in November 2015 by defeating Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko, are both up for grabs
UK fight fans can expect ‘The Bronze Bomber’ and ‘The Gypsy King’ to make their ringwalks any time around 4am (GMT) on Sunday morning, which will be around 10pm on Saturday night in the US
Wilder-Fury will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ in the United States, and BT Sport will have the broadcast rights in the UK, set to start around midnight. BT Sport Box Office will incur a one-off £19.95 fee.
You can watch the Queensberry Promotions event online via BT Sport website. You can also keep up date with the action by following the BT Sport Boxing account on Twitter, as well as the official Frank Warren Twitter account
There's more heavyweight action as former world champion Charles Martin (27-2-1, 24KO) takes on world title contender Gerald Washington (20-3-1, 13KO) in an IBF world heavyweight title eliminator contest over 12 rounds.
Former IBF world champion 'Prince Charles', 33 from Carson, California was dethroned by Anthony Joshua in 2016, but has bounced back to win four of his last five fights.
37-year-old Washington was KO'd by the headliner Deontay Wilder back in 2017, but was even on the scorecards going into the fifth round. He's only won two from his last four fights following his failed world title tilt. Shared opponent Adam Kownacki beat this pair back to back in September 2018 when he decisioned Martin narrowly 96-94 on all three scorecards and then went on to stop Washington in two rounds just four months later.
Everything you ever need to know about Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury HERE
Press Conference Quotes
Frank Warren: “This one is between two undefeated fighters, the No.1 and No.2 in the world. These are the two best heavyweights in the world who had a fantastic fight first time around and, for the fans, it doesn’t get any better. It was a very exciting spectacle just over a year ago, with the most dramatic last round of any fight in recent years. It is the consummate boxer against a guy who is the most dangerous puncher in the last 30 years. At any stage, any second of the fight, Wilder can pull a big punch out. It is the biggest heavyweight fight, in my estimation, since Lennox Lewis fought Evander Holyfield."
Deontay Wilder: “I’m happy and I’m excited that the rematch is finally happening. I want to give the fans what they want to see. I’ve been doing it with my last three outings – Fury, Breazeale and Ortiz. They’ve been spectacular events – from my ring walks where I gather all the energy of the people, to my uniforms that I wear to help spread that energy. Then I give them what they all come for – the knockouts, and my knockouts have been amazing. I proved myself the first time and I’m ready to do it again. It was a very controversial fight. I promise my fans that there won’t be any controversy with this one. I’m going to finish it.”
Tyson Fury: “There’s no more ducking and diving. The date has been set, and the ‘Bomb Squad’ is about to be securely detonated and the real champion crowned as the world watches on for the most anticipated fight in years. This is unfinished business for me, but come February 22, this dosser will finally get what’s coming to him, and I can’t wait!”
Bob Arum: “This is an event that has a lot of interest both sides of the pond, so that is good and what I like. This fight has taken on a life of its own and will be the biggest boxing event in years. Particularly because it has the two biggest sports networks in the US behind it in ESPN and Fox. Tyson Fury was not known in the United States and he took everybody by surprise when he fought Wilder. Now, thanks to ESPN, he’s been built up to be a huge personality in the sport. Wilder has been doing a lot of campaigning too and I think this is going to an event that will go into well over two million homes on pay-per-view. It was certainly well worth the time spent in building him up in the US. I cannot believe that Fury would have the popularity and notoriety that he now has without the build-up on ESPN and what he did with the WWE wrestling definitely helped!”
The rematch takes place on the same day in history that Britain's biggest ever robbery took place, which could cause alarm that another burglary could occur again this time. The first fight saw the Briton win the majority of the rounds against the American on his home soil, but the scorecards weren't completely accurate to the 12 rounds of action as the fight was declared a draw.
There were two knockdowns in favour of the home fighter, which consequently cost the Brit the decision at the end, but the controversy still continues to this day.
The pair were due to rematch sooner but Fury's landmark deal with ESPN thwarted that chance until 15 months after their first epic encounter.
Since that day - December 1st, 2018 - Wilder has obliterated Dominic Breazeale (20-2) in one round, then rematched Cuban Luis Ortiz where he struggled to find his rhythm until he found a surprise knockout punch in round seven to take his KO ratio up to 95%!
Tyson Fury also had two fights in the US where his profile and fanbase is now bigger than ever. The 31-year-old defeated unbeaten German Tom Schwarz (24-1) to win the WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title with a stylish second round knockout in June at the MGM Grand. Then, he returned to Vegas three months later to fight at the T-Mobile Arena where he had a torrid 12-rounds against unbeaten Swede Otto Wallin (20-1), which he won on points after being cut very early on and requiring 47 stitches in after the fight.
Now the pair meet again, with two extra victories on their unbeaten ledgers, bigger fanbases, higher expectations and anticipation, in an intruiging fight which could go either way.
Predictions for Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 - hear who boxing insiders and experts think wins the rematch HERE
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Weights and Running Order
Wilder came in at his highest ever weight during his entire 12-year career and Fury has only weighed heavier twice during his 30-fight career when he fought Sefer Seferi in his comeback fight in 2018 and against Joey Abell in 2014... he KO'd both in the fourth round.
Tyson Fury 273 lbs vs Deontay Wilder 231lbs
(Fury's Lineal and Wilder's WBC World Heavyweight Championship - 12 Rounds)
Charles Martin 254 lbs vs.Gerald Washington 236.5 lbs
(IBF Heavyweight World Title Eliminator - 12 Rounds)
Emanuel Navarrete 122 lbs vs Jeo Santisima 122 lbs
(Navarrete's WBO Junior Featherweight World Title - 12 Rounds)
Sebastian Fundora 153.5 lbs vs Daniel Lewis 153 lbs
(Super Welterweight - 10 Rounds)
ESPN (8 p.m. ET)
Javier Molina 141.5 lbs vs Amir Imam 141.5 lbs
(Super Lightweight - 10 Rounds)
ESPNews (7:30 p.m. ET)
Subriel Matias 142 lbs vs Petros Ananyan 142 lbs
(Super Lightweight - 10 Rounds)
ESPN APP (5 p.m. ET)
Matt Conway 132.5 lbs vs Gabriel Flores Jr. 132.5 lbs
(Lightweight - 8 Rounds)
Vito Mielnicki, Jr. 147 lbs vs Corey Champion 147 lbs
(Welterweight - 4 Rounds)
Alberto Guevara 126 lbs vs Isaac Lowe 125.5 lbs
(Lowe's WBC International Featherweight title - 10 Rounds)
Rolando Romero 137 lbs vs Arturs Ahmetovs 136 lbs
(Lightweight - 8 Rounds)