Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder 2, Fight Odds, Free Bets & Betting Offers – 22nd February 2020
Boxing is full of big personalities and love him or loath him Tyson Fury is perhaps the biggest ego there is in the sport right now. The former heavyweight world champion went AWOL win 2016 losing his titles following illegal substance misuse allegations.
In January 2018 the Gypsy King announced his comeback and having gone through the motions against Seferi and Pianeta with easy victories he was entitled to fight at the top level again. Following a breakdown in talks between Anthony Joshua’s camp and Deontay Wilder’s, Tyson Fury stepped up to put his name down to fight for the WBC heavyweight title.
The LA fight on 2nd December 2018 ended in a spectacular, and rare, draw. The fight went the distance and despite Tyson being knocked-down twice, he was able to carry on, demonstrating the fantastic evasive technique that saw his initial meteoric rise. Many felt Fury should have won clearly, and would have done on home soil.
Following a few filler bouts for both fighters a rematch has now been set for 22nd February 2020. On this page you will find betting odds, offers, fight information and you can also read about Tyson Fury and his career so far.
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When the referee raised the hands of both fighters at the end of Tyson Fury’s bout with Deontay Wilder in December of 2018, it was clear that there was a sense of unfinished business between them. The Gypsy King has always insisted that he won the fight, even if the judges felt differently and were happy to declare it as a draw. Fury has since fought Tom Schwarz, stopping the German in the 2nd and declaring himself to be the fittest that he’s been in years.
The first fight against Wilder came after years out of the ring for Fury and he spoke at an event in Bradford about how he was planning on knocking Wilder out in the rematch, having not spent the past three years ‘out of the ring’ and ‘abusing too much alcohol’. For the Bronze Bomber, the match against Fury will be a chance to prove that he’s one of the top heavyweights in the world at the moment, especially if he’s able to go one step further than he managed last December and actually knock him down.
The big one for both fighters would be to step into the ring against Anthony Joshua, but AJ suffered a shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr early in 2019 and needs to set that right before he’ll be able to do anything else. That left things open for Fury and Wilder to get their rematch sorted, with the Bronze Bomber tweeting that he’ll be getting it on with the Gypsy King after taking on Luis Ortiz in order to handle his ‘controversial fights ASAP’. Bob Arum, Fury’s promoter, made the point that the AJ loss to Ruiz proves that ‘anything can happen’ in the world of boxing.
Fury, for his part, is hoping to get another fight in before possibly meeting Wilder for the rematch in February of 2020. His short-lived bout with Schwarz was his first in Las Vegas and the promoters of that fight, ESPN, are hoping to keep the Gypsy King in the States for the foreseeable future. That means that an opponent from the US is more likely than Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev, for example, and Jarrell Miller could be high on the list. Big Baby was supposed to be Joshua’s opponent but failed a drugs test, leading to the replacement by Andy Ruiz Jr.
What Are They Fighting For?
In the real sense of silverware and belts, Deontay Wilder has held the World Box Council heavyweight title since January of 2015, beating Bermane Stiverne for the belt in Las Vegas. Since then he’s defended it against Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas, Artur Szpilka, Chris Arreola, Gerald Washington, a rematch against Stiverne, Luis Ortiz, Tyson Fury and Dominic Breazeale. With that in mind, there can be no doubt that Wilder has the right to call himself one of the best heavyweight boxers in the world right now.
By defeating Schwarz in June of 2019, Tyson Fury himself picked up the WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title. Those two titles will be on the line when the pair step into the ring, therefore, but there’ll be so much more on the line than that. For starters, the right to be considered the next fighter to take on Anthony Joshua will very much be at stake, given the battle with AJ will be the hottest ticket in boxing and these two fighters are the ones that everyone wants to see the Englishman take on in the near future.
Past that, there’s no question that a huge amount of pride is at stake for both boxers. Each of their camps claimed victory after their December 2018 bout was declared to be a victory, so the right to put any debate to bed will be high on their agendas. For the Gypsy King, this will be a chance to prove that he’s arguably the best fighter of his generation. For the Bronze Bomber, meanwhile, it will cement his place in the pantheon of top-class fighters of the modern era. That is especially needed given the fact that some have argued that he’s spent his career avoiding the biggest fights.
The other key thing that is up for grabs for each fighter is their undefeated record. When AJ lost to Ruiz his unbeaten record went along with his belts, so both Fury and Wilder will be aiming to keep their own records intact and declare themselves to be the best heavyweight in the business. The only blemish on either of their fight records is the draw that was declared between them when they fought in 2018, so a definitive result here would allow them to suggest that it wasn’t really a draw and that their record remains one of nothing but wins, even if the records reflect something else.
- Fury (Height: 6 ft 9 in, Reach: 85 in) Record: 29 Fights – 28 Wins (20 by KO) – 1 Draw – 0 Losses
- Wilder (Height: 6 ft 5.5 in, Reach: Unknown) Record: 42 Fights – 41 Wins (40 by KO) – 1 Draw – 0 Losses
What The Experts Think Will Happen
Frank Warren is Tyson Fury’s UK promoter and is always likely to be biased in favour of his client, but it’s interesting to note that he has already declared it to be a ‘good fight’. He’s basing that on the fact that Wilder is a ‘devastating puncher’ whilst the Gypsy King is ‘the best heavyweight boxer’ that he’s seen in the past 25 years. He said, “He’s the best heavyweight in the world. He’s the complete package”. He also rather ominously stated that Fury ‘is improving’ and ‘not in his prime’.
That was an opinion backed up by Fury’s trainer, Ben Davison. Speaking in the wake of the boxer’s victory over Schwarz, Davison said, “He’s just turned 30, he’s young, in form, and in shape now”. He also made a comparison between the Gypsy King and Floyd Mayweather, saying that he felt he couldn’t achieve more in the sport when Mayweather beat Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 only to see him improve year-on-year.
Ring Magazine, which is considered to be one of the definitive takes on the world of boxing, put Tyson Fury at the top of its rankings in 2019, with Wilder coming in second place. They are obviously of the opinion that the Gypsy King is the favourite for the fight, especially as many people believed that he won the first fight in spite of the judge’s decision.
What Next For Fury?
Tyson Fury remains determined to prove that he’s the best boxer of his generation and the only way that he’ll get to do that in any convincing way is if he gets into the ring with Anthony Joshua.
AJ’s loss to Andy Ruiz Jr might well have put a blemish on his record, but he’s still considered to be one of the best fighters in the world and the loss a freak one that came about because he simply wasn’t focussed enough for the fight.
There’s no question that he’ll be more than focussed should be step into the ring with the Gypsy King, so that is the fight that will be on everyone’s minds if Fury gets the win against Wilder that plenty feel he should have been awarded last time out. If that fight fails to come to fruition, most likely because of issues with conflicting promoters, then Fury would do well to , the Former WBO heavyweight champion. Parker suffered back-to-back defeats to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, but he’s far from a busted flush.
Deontay Wilder Profile
Before he can think about taking on Tyson Fury, Wilder must first take on the Cuban Luis Ortiz in a rematch, this fight is due to take place in September. This fight is largely seen as formality, but then again Ortiz was close to nearly stopping Wilder in the 7th round of their first match.
If Wilder does lose this fight it could throw into question the Fury re-match, however such is the demand for the fight to take place you would imagine Fury would still take on Wilder even if he lost his WBC belt to Ortiz.
You can read Deontay Wilder’s full profile on the Ortiz v Wilder 2 page, after which it will be moved here.
Tyson Fury Profile
The world of boxing has always been one filled with controversy, but few characters quite tick that box like Tyson Fury. Even his nickname suggest a touch of the less palatable, being known as The Gypsy King. Born in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester in 1988, Tyson Luke Fury, his nickname comes from the fact that his family has Irish Traveller heritage. You could say that Fury was born to be a boxer, having been given the name ‘Tyson’ by his dad as a nod to the then-reigning world heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson.
That decision came about because his father, John Fury, was a boxer in the 1980s. Having begun life as a bare-knuckle fighter and occasional unlicensed boxer, John later turned professional and was known as ‘Gypsy’ John Fury. That’s not the only link to boxing in his family, either. The former WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee is Tyson Fury’s cousin, as are both Hosea Burton, the one-time British light heavyweight, and Hughie Fury, a heavyweight. There’s also a family link to Bartley Gorman, the self-proclaimed ‘King of the Gypsies’.
Despite having been born in the Manchester area, Tyson Fury identifies strongly with his Irish heritage and that might explain why his early boxing career began at the Holy Family Boxing Club in the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast. He soon switched to the Smithboro Club in the County Monaghan district of the Republic of Ireland. In 2006 he won a bronze medal during the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, as well as taking part in the senior national championships that year.
His first real victory came in May of 2007 when he won the EU Junior Championship for England. Despite being ranked as the third best junior in the world, he missed out on a place in the Olympic squad to travel to Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games to David Price, who he had lost to in the senior national championships back in 2006. Price’s absence at the Olympics played into Tyson’s hands, however, and he became the ABA national champion in 2008. It also persuaded him to turn professional earlier than intended, fearing that he might wait around for the 2012 Olympics only to miss out again.
Having fought thirty-five fights as an amateur and racking up a score of thirty-one wins and four defeats, with twenty-six of his wins being via knockout, Fury became a professional in December of 2008 when he fought on the undercard of Carl Froch and Jean Pascal in Nottingham. His first professional bout was against a Hungarian named Bela Gyongyosi, with Fury winning via technical knockout in the first round.
Fury enjoyed six more fight in the next seven months, winning all of them within four rounds. In September of 2009 he fought his biggest fight so far when he took on the reigning English heavyweight champion, John McDermott. The match was a closely fought contest that lasted the full ten rounds before Fury won on points. Many considered this to be the incorrect decision, having scored the match in favour of McDermott.
Climbing The Ladder
Fury kept on challenging himself, leading to a match against the undefeated heavyweight Derek Chisora in July of 2011. Around three million people tuned into Channel 5 to watch the twenty-two-year-old Fury beat the man five years his elder on points after twelve tough rounds. That resulted in the Manchester-born boxer becoming the British and Commonwealth heavyweight title holder, which in turn led to more fights.
In 2011 Fury fought two fights in the space of three months, taking on Nicolai Firtha in a non-title bout in Belfast in September before defending his Commonwealth title against Canadian champion Neven Pajkic in November. He won the first fight in the fifth round and the second in the third. He fought a number of other bouts in the months that followed, leading to a match against Kevin Johnson in November of 2012 that he won and, in doing so, set himself up for a fight against the WBC title holder at the time, Vitali Klitschko.
Becoming World Champion
Having once again fought Chisora in November 2014 in a WBO title eliminator, Tyson Fury made a declaration to the world champion at the time, Wladimir Klitschko, that he was ‘coming for’ him. Before the world heavyweight title fight, however, he took on Romanian-German fighter Christian Hammer at the O2 in London. Fury won the fight in the eighth round when Hammer’s corner stopped the fight, setting him up nicely for his battle with Klitschko.
In preparation for the fight, which was due to take place in October of 2015 but was postponed because the Ukrainian suffered a calf injury, Fury worked with two of the highest ranked kickboxers in Rico Verhoeven and Benjamin Adegbuyi. In the end the much anticipated fight, which took place in Dusseldorf’s Espirit Arena, was a disappointment. Neither fighter truly went for their opponent, with Klitschko landing just fifty-two of his two hundred and thirty-one punches and Fury not doing much better with only eighty-six of his three hundred and seventy-one punches finding their mark.
Nevertheless, Tyson Fury won the bout thanks to the judges’s scores, earning cards of 115:112, 115:112 and 116:111. It meant that he became the unified world champion of the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, Lineal and The Ring heavyweight titles. As the contract for the fight had a rematch clause, however, the IBF stripped him of his title as he was unable to take on their mandatory challenger.
In October of 2016 he voluntarily vacated the WBA (Unified), WBO, IBO titles after it emerged he was under investigation for anti-doping and medical issues. In that same month, the British Boxing Board of Control suspended his licence.
Tyson Fury Come-Back
In early 2018 Fury announced his come-back on Twitter. He quickly embarked on a serious training campaign having gained a lot of weight and lost muscle mass. By June 2018, having lost reportedly over 110 pounds in weight, he fought Sefer Serferi and won in 4 rounds. Despite losing a lot of weight he still came in 66 pounds heavier than his opponent. Fury was an easy victor, showboating for the first two rounds before dispatching Serferi easily following a warning from the referee.
Fury followed up with another routine victory against Francesco Pianeta in August 2018. In fact, he said he only took the fight to 10 rounds so he could work on his jab! The victory meant Fury could finally get back into the big leagues and faced his toughest test since he lost his belts in 2016 when he took on Deontay Wilder in December 2018 in the US for the WBC heavyweight title.
The winner was hoping to earn the right to take on Anthony Joshua, but this may now have to wait as the fight ended in an unexpected draw. One of the best heavyweight bouts in years, the fight lasted the full 12 rounds with one judge scoring for Wilder, one for Fury and one a tie, leading to the draw decision.
Fury was twice knocked-down in the 9th and 12th round, and somehow got up and carried on, but on balance most people think it was Fury who won showed top class counter-punching skills. A re-match is certain in late 2019 or early 2020, once issues between rival network contracts have been resouved; and you can see from the odds this time around it is, rightfully, Fury who is the favourite.
As mentioned at the start of this piece, Tyson Fury is a controversial and divisive figure. A practicing Catholic, the boxer has made numerous statements over the years that have caused raised eyebrows.
In 2013, for example, he declared that he would ‘hang’ his own sister if she were promiscuous. He also declared David Price and Tony Bellew to be ‘gay lovers’, which was just one of the homophobic comments that he’s made during his career.
Tyson Fury Stats and Facts
- Full Name: Tyson Luke Fury
- Nickname: Gypsy King
- Nationality: British
- Date of Birth: 12th August 1988
- Stance: Orthodox
- Weight: Heavyweight
- Height: 6 foot 8 3/4 inches
- Reach: 85 inches
- Professional Record To Date: 29 fights, 28 wins, 1 draw, 0 loses, 20 knock-outs
- Titles: Former IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO