Fourteen long months after they fought to a controversial draw, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will finally settle their rivalry tonight.
Britain’s Fury failed in his bid to snatch the belt from the champion when he was dropped twice in their bout, earning Wilder a draw despite being out-boxed for much of the fight.
He turned down the offer of an immediate rematch in order to build his profile in America – and in turn make this the most eagerly-awaited heavyweight fight in a generation.
But the time for talking has stopped – and if you can’t watch or stream the fight on BT Sport Box Office, you can follow it right here from pm, with the fighters due in the ring at 5am .
Martin Domin is joined by George Groves and Declan Taylor to analyze tonight’s big fight
Tyson Fury’s cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran has spoken out about how he is helping the Gypsy King prepare ahead of his huge upcoming fight against Deontay Wilder
The two heavyweight giants will go head-to-head again in Las Vegas on Saturday night in a rematch following their controversial draw in .
The legendary Duran has also worked with the likes of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and appeared in the Creed films, and speaking to VegasInsider.com ( – year-old explained what he has done to strengthen the cut Fury received in the fight against Otto Wallin ahead of his bout with Wilder.
“Tyson has had a mesh web inserted into his soft tissue where the cut is in order to strengthen it,” Duran said. “Whenever you put a web on something it’s only going to give it that additional support. But when I first met with Tyson, we went over the cuts and I saw immediately that the surgeon that did the work did a tremendous job. ”
Lennox Lewis claims Tyson Fury will be fired up for his rematch with Deontay Wilder because he was robbed in their first fight.
Lewis knows the anger Fury felt at the highly-controversial draw 18 months ago because he was also the victim of some disgraceful judging in his first fight with Evander Holyfield in
That fight in Madison Square Garden was scored a draw, even though virtually everyone watching felt Lewis had won.
Lewis used this controversy as motivation for the rematch nine months later at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas and he won by a unanimous points decision.
“Absolutely, Fury will be feeling that injustice,” said the former world heavyweight king. “Fury says he got ripped off. He believes he won the fight so that’s got to give him confidence.
“I felt confident after my first fight with Holyfield. I knew I had to let everyone know who the best heavyweight was. “I wanted to prove to everyone that I was the better man, and I did that.”
Tyson Fury has admitted he does not expect to face Anthony Joshua in the ring this year.
The Gypsy King is preparing for his eagerly-awaited rematch with (Deontay Wilder) in Las Vegas on Saturday for the WBC heavyweight title.
Should Fury emerged victorious, a potential unification bout with fellow Brit Joshua would be on the table.
But Fury has rejected any suggestions Joshua would be next in line , and believes he will meet Wilder again in a trilogy fight.
Speaking to Sky Sports , Fury said: “There’s too much money in the pot for him [Wilder] not to want a rematch.
“I’ll win so I’ll be having a rematch either way.
” All I do is win, win, win, no matter what. Unless it’s a draw. ”
Tyson Fury will pocket a career-best purse of at least £ million for his rematch with
Fury has hit the jackpot in the gambling capital of the world and will earn millions from a sell-out 21, (crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and pay-per-view sales in the US and UK.
The unbeaten Gypsy King is guaranteed around £ 23 million and his US promoter Bob Arum claims he may almost double that figure, depending on the pay-per-view figures.
“There are guarantees each fighter gets,” said the Top Rank chief. “It’s a complete / deal between our promotion and Wilder’s promotion.
“it’s sold out in the Arena, so that’s $ 22 million less taxes. We also know the closed circuit sales are doing better than anyone anticipated.
“What we don’t know is the English pay-per-view and the US pay-per-view.”
Tyson Fury has been kept in check with a stricter training camp ahead of his rematch with Deontay Wilder .
That’s according to Timothy Allcock, Fury’s close friend and adviser tasked with managing his camp ah ead of the biggest fight of his career.
Allcock has lifted the lid in the Gypsy King’s preparations ahead of his huge rematch with WBC king Wilder at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas tonight.
Speaking to VegasInsider.com, Alccock said: “The big differences have been food, particularly strictness with what is in camp – silly little things like cans of Diet Coke have gone.
“It’s been a hell of a lot more disciplined and it had to be a bit like this. The last fight was very much like Rocky III when he fought Mr T’s character. It was too much in the limelight, too much of the fakeness and we just had to go back to basics and pull the rope on certain things.
“We definitely had to rope in the food. Tyson never really stuck to the diet plan we gave him last time, he was always nipping out and eating fast food outside the camp – and all that has changed now. ”
Here, he delivers hi s scathing verdict on tonight’s fight:
Widler’s fiancee has weighed in on her man’s fight with Fury tonight – by claiming the Brit will be knocked out cold.
Reality TV star Telli Swift had her say on Instagram when she posted a photo of Fury doing an interview on TV.
The caption read: “Told ol ‘boy he got get knocked the f out,.
” @ Bronzebomber bout to catch a body #hammerfromalabama . ”
Talk about putting it politely …
Wilder has come in a staggering lb heavier than he did for his first fight with fury – although he is still thr ee stone lighter than his challenger.
And Fury’s former trainer Ben Davison believes that could play into the Brit’s hands.
“Think Wilder coming in heavier It is an advantage to Tyson, ”he tweeted.
“ He can punch at any weight, the added weight will slow him down and fatigue him quicker, he’s an explosive type athlete, not an endurance built athlete. ”
Davison had planned to be in Las Vegas for the fight but has come down ill.
He has won the English, British, Commonwealth, European, WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine titles.
If he beats Deontay Wilder he will claim the WBC belt and become the first British fighter to hold all four major heavyweight crowns.
Yet Tyson Fury will still be annoyed he never won the Central Area title.
“After I beat Wilder I will have achieved everything in boxing and won every single belt there is – English, Irish, British, Commonwealth, European, a whole lot of intern ational and intercontinental belts, every single world title belt there is and two Ring Magazine belts, ”he said.
“There’s just about room at home for the WBC belt. I’ll get another cabinet for it, but it’ll be touching the roof. “The only belt I didn’t win, which I’m pretty pissed about, is the Central Area title. I think it’s vacant, so you never know! ”
Fury suffered the nasty injury above his right eye in the third round and had to be nursed through until the final bell when he was awarded the fight on points.
He has since employed renowned cutman Stitch Duran to ensure it does not open up in the ring later – but Wilder reckons it has already happened in sparring.
Speaking in a video posted on his Instagram page, Wilder said: “I heard it got reopened in sparring, that’s why he was wearing the hoodie and the shades at the press conference.
” If I cut that thing open again it’s going to be a mess and we’re going to see what happens after that.
“But I hope it doesn’t open, because I don’t want this fight to stop. I want people to get their full viewing and money worth for the fight. ”
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Tyson Fury’s new trainer has admitted his charge is not fully fit for his rematch with Deontay Wilder.
Fury appointed SugarHill steward as his chief coach for tonight’s fight after parting company with Ben Davison.
But the nephew of the late, great Emanuel Steward said: “Nobody comes into a fight per cent.
“Every fighter, if you train hard, everybody has some kind of injury, some kind of nick, and that’s just the truth. But they get on with it. ”
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Fury ditched friend and trainer Ben Davison – who had helped him back from the depths of a drink and drug-fueled depression – weeks before the biggest fight of his career.
Instead he has installed SugarHill Steward (below), nephew of the late, great Emanuel, in his corner for his sequel with the hard-hitting American.
Fury insists the split was amicable after Davison decided he did not want to share the training responsibilities.
But Betfair ambassador Haye . believes the decision could backfire.
“Tyson changing his trainer could be a disadvantage,” he told Mirror Fighting . “Sometimes it’s good but in boxing terms rarely would you change your whole team two months out of a fight, especially when you’ve worked for years with a tried and tested team who have only led you to victory.
“I think its a very unnecessary risk and an element that has led me to believe Wilder will be victorious.”
Fury has dismissed Wilder as a “one-trick pony” ahead of their rematch.
“There’s no stress about his power going into the fight,” he said. “I’ve been 16 rounds with him, out-boxed him quite comfortably, took his best shots, got up, fired back at him.
“The one who should be concerned is Deontay Wilder because he is a one-trick pony.
“He’s a knockout artist, but he knocked me down twice in two rounds, nine and . And he had over two minutes in each round to finish me and he couldn’t finish me.
“It was like on (video game) Mortal Kombat. They said ‘finish him!’, And then he couldn’t finish me.
“He’s the one who should be concerned. He’s landed the two best punches that any heavyweight in the world could ever land on somebody else, and the Gypsy King rose like a phoenix from the ashes back to my feet and hurt him at the end of the round.
“So yeah, it’s going to be pretty difficult for Wilder, not me. This is heavyweight boxing. I’ve been hit, I’ve been hurt, I’ve been put down in my career, but it’s not about when we get put down, it’s what happens when we get back up and keep moving forward. ”
Tyson Fury has risked sacrificing his renowned speed and agility by weighing in a stone heavier than his first WBC heavyweight title fight against Deontay Wilder for Saturday’s rematch.
The Briton looked fleshy as he hit 30 st 7lbs on the scales, a huge three stone heavier than Wilder, who weighed in at st 7lbs.
Fury had always been expected to come in bulkier than he was for their draw in December 378566, with the theory being that it would help him deal with Wilder’s concussive power better. Fury weighed 23 st 4lbs 8oz for their first showdown, with Wilder 21 st 2lbs 8oz.
Fury has spent the whole build-up claiming he plans to take the fight to Wilder and look for a knockout , after being denied victory by the judges last time despite boxing beautifully for most of the fight.
Wilder, meanwhile, also came in more than a stone heavier than the first meeting.
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are just hours away from meeting in their eagerly-awaited heavyweight rematch.
With the bookies, experts and pundits all split on the outcome of the fight, there is no excuse to miss what has been billed as the biggest bout in decades .
Having been denied victory by the judges months ago, Fury has piled on the pounds and vowed to go for the early KO.
But with Wilder possessing the biggest punch in boxing, that could prove a risky st rategy.
Whatever happens there are bound to be fireworks, and you can follow all the action right here.
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