Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury trilogy officially has a date
After all the runaround, after all the bad blood and after all the litigation, Wilder has his official date. On July 24, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s) will face WBC World Heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s). The prizefight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. There really was not much drama or angst regarding this bout being announced. Once Wilder won his arbitration case, everything began falling into place very quickly.
On the Taylor versus Ramirez ESPN broadcast, Fury publicly signed his half of the contract. Wilder’s signature had already been signed. So there was never a case of wondering if or when the fighters would fully commit. Yet, in the murky world of boxing’s endless back-alley deal, you cannot believe in anything until it is actually in your hand. Thankfully, barring injury, this bout is signed, sealed and delivered.
THE FINAL SHOWDOWN
The two first went head-to-head on December 1, 2018. Honestly speaking, that bout did not bring the excitement or action that anyone thought that it would. Outside of the drama of Fury being put down on the canvas a pair of times, it was a very forgettable affair. The two would go on to earn a draw in a bout that the greater majority believe Fury should have won on points.
In the rematch, the Gypsy King beat up and dismantled Wilder in a seven-round savaging. The Bronze Bomber had never been handled that way before and Fury had never tossed that brutal of a beating before. To this day, Wilder insists that Fury employed a list of underhanded and illegal tactics to defeat him in such a fashion. Since the bloody rematch, a great deal of bad blood has been shared by the two boxers.
This is a huge part of the interest in the third bout. Will Wilder be able to exact any amount of revenge? Will his new training play a pivotal role in the bout? Can Fury actually manhandle Wilder for a second time in row? Who knows? Luckily the answers to these questions are just around the corner!
By: Bakari Simpson