Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury: When is it on, how to watch in Australia?

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

The much-anticipated rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is the most hyped heavyweight bout in years.

Fury and Wilder battled to a classic in 2019 with the judges unable to split the pair after a titanic battle in the ring.

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Here is a look at the history between the pair and how to watch the biggest fight of 2020 this Sunday.

First bout controversy

The first bout between the two heavyweights was a classic, which resulted in a controversial split draw.

Wilder knocked down Fury twice in the fight with the famous 12th round knockdown etched in boxing heavyweight history for the ‘Gypsy King’s’ remarkable rise of the canvas.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury during the WBC Heavyweight Championship bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Lionel Hahn/PA Images via Getty Images)

Despite the knockdowns, many in the boxing world thought Fury dominated the fight with his jab and evasiveness and were surprised he didn’t claim it on a points decision.

Fury won’t let Wilder forget that many experts had him comfortably winning that bout on points before the judges decided they couldn’t split the pair.

Fury also called out Wilder’s recent opponents claiming none of them were world-beaters.

Pre-fight hype

The pair have both fought seperate opponents since their first fight in 2019.

In the meantime, Fury has made appearances with the WWE and even flirted with facing UFC fighters.

A win for Fury over Wilder would cement him as the undisputed top dog in the heavyweight division between beating Wilder and Anthony Joshua’s stumble against Andy Ruiz Jr. A loss would still leave him as a highly desired fighter, though it would be hard to not think what could have been.

Fury has switched trainers in the lead up to the rematch and is also expected to weigh-in heavier after a different food and training program.

US boxer Deontay Wilder (L) and British boxer Tyson Fury get into an altercation during their press conference February 19, 2020 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. (Photo by JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Both men stand at more than two metres tall, but Fury will weigh in the heavier of the pair.

The 34-year-old American, known as the ‘Bronze bomber’, has an 83 inch reach.

Fury, known as the ‘Gypsy King’, is 31-years-old and has a two inch reach advantage.

The pair came face-to-face at their final press conference with a shoving match ahead of Saturday's WBC heavyweight title rematch.

As soon as the two men walked onto the stage, Fury got right in Wilder's face, singing and taunting the American champion.

Wilder kept his composure well until finally losing his patience and pushing Fury away, with the challenger then replying in kind before security staff quickly waded in.

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As the slanging match continued, Fury claimed to have raised Wilder's profile and stock - only for the American to taunt his rival about his mental health issues.

Fury has predicted a second round knockout in the fight.

But Wilder (40-0-1) remains supremely confident he can make history after 10 consecutive WBC title defences, which is equal to the great Muhammad Ali.

US boxer Deontay Wilder (L) and British boxer Tyson Fury get into an altercation during their press conference February 19, 2020 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. - The boxers will fight for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Championship Title on February 22, 2020 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Gurzinski / AFP) (Photo by JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

"Greatness lies in me," he said. "It will be an amazing feeling, my 11th consecutive title defence.

"I'm tied now with my idol, Muhammad Ali, and once I've beaten Fury with a devastating knockout I will go on even further to break the record and do more amazing things.

"My goal is for there to be one champion, one face, one name in the division.

"I'm in pursuit of that and I'm looking forward to fulfilling my goals and dreams."

How to watch rematch

The rematch will be shown on Sunday and can be watched on Main Event.

The main card will start at 1pm with the Fury and Wilder fight starting around 4pm.

With AAP