America’s WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will defend his crown against English rival Tyson Fury in their highly-awaited rematch in Nevada.
The pair first met just over a year ago at The Staples Center in California, for what was a hugely dramatic initial clash for heavyweight world honours.
Fury had made a great return to the sport after overcoming personal demons outside of the ring before stepping up to face Wilder in that initial encounter back in December 2018.
The pair were involved in an intriguing affair, one which looked, for all the world, that Fury would prevail in on the scorecards once the final bell had sounded.
But the Manchester-native was on the end of a somewhat dubious decision, with the ringside officials scoring the bout a split draw on American territory.
Fury had touched the canvas twice throughout the proceedings, which ultimately cost him a remarkable world title triumph on his return to the pinnacle of the sport.
That included a knockdown in the ninth round, which Fury was able to recover from and get back to his corner for advice from former trainer Ben Davidson.
But the most memorable moment came in the 12th and final round, when Wilder connected with two huge blows to send the Briton flying to his back on the ring floor. It looked like the American had secured yet another knockout victory to defend his title, but Fury was able to incredibly get back to his feet and finish the fight strongly.
Following the drama and excitement of that first clash, the pair will renew their rivalry in Las Vegas, where a new king of the division will be crowned.
It’s actually the reigning and defending WBC heavyweight champion Wilder that will enter the ring as the 11/10 outsider with bet365 in the boxing betting, to triumph this time around.
Meanwhile, the challenger Fury will take to proceedings as the odds-on 10/11 front runner for a career-best victory on his latest travels to Sin City.
The majority of those that witnessed the first battle between these heavyweight giants seemingly believed that Fury had edged it and got the better of his American nemesis.
But the knockdowns proved to be costly as he missed out on the chance to become the world heavyweight champion once again.
He has another shot at achieving that feat on February 23rd, when the two men will once again lock horns in the centre of the ring.
Since their first match-up, both men have racked up a further two career wins apiece. Fury overcame lesser-known and inferior opponents, Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin respectively, while Wilder viciously stopped both Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz across 2019.
With recent back-to-back KO victories to further enhance his reputation as the most fearsome puncher in the sport, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ will look to add Fury to his evergrowing list of stoppage victims in this anticipated upcoming rematch