Wilder v Fury II: What's happened since the first fight?

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With Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury set to meet again in the ring, we look at what both men have been up to since their first bout.
With Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury set to meet again in the ring, we look at what both men have been up to since their first bout.

Fourteen months have passed since Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's arms were raised in unison in the middle of the ring at the Staples Center.

Both men left Los Angeles that night convinced they deserved to be taking home the WBC heavyweight belt, but a draw ensured it was the unbeaten Wilder who held onto the strap.

The stunning nature of a bout which featured two knockdowns and Fury's incredible final-round second wind after hitting the canvas meant a rematch was always likely.

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Here, we talk a look at what Wilder and Fury have been up to since they first fought on December 1, 2018.

 

FEBRUARY 2019 - FURY SIGNS WITH ESPN & TOP RANK

Fury's reputation Stateside was certainly enhanced by his display against Wilder and that led to him signing a five-fight deal with United States network ESPN and promoters Top Rank.

It was feared such an arrangement would scupper a rematch with Wilder and a potential all-British bout against Anthony Joshua due to their conflicting television deals.

Yet Fury told the BBC at the time: "If I didn't want to fight Wilder then I wouldn't have taken it the first time. The fight is more makeable now because of this deal."

MAY 2019 - WILDER KNOCKS OUT BREAZEALE

The first of the pair to return to the ring was Wilder, not that he spent long there as he stunned WBC mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale by knocking him out in the first round in New York.

There were still 43 seconds to go in that round when Wilder delivered a devastating example of his brutal power, flooring Breazeale with a big right hand.

Speaking in the ring after his 41st professional win, Wilder said of Fury: "That fight will happen, the rematch will happen."

JUNE 2019 - FURY STOPS SCHWARZ

Four weeks after Wilder wowed in Brooklyn, Fury pulled out all the stops in Las Vegas.

James Brown's 'Living in America' was the Briton's choice of music and he channelled Rocky character Apollo Creed in making his ring walk wearing a rope and top hat adorned with stars and stripes.

The previously unbeaten Tom Schwarz proved no match for Fury once the action began as he was stopped in the second round.

SEPTEMBER 2019 - TYSON OVERCOMES OTTO

Fury was the heavy favourite for his next fight against Swede Otto Wallin but a deep cut sustained in the third round meant it was far from a straightforward Las Vegas night.

He was awarded the victory courtesy of a unanimous points decision - the 29th win of a 30-fight career.

There were fears that the cuts sustained by Fury, whose attire of choice was a Mexican cape and a sombrero in celebration of Mexican Independence Day weekend, could delay the anticipated rematch with Wilder...

OCTOBER 2019 - FURY WRESTLES STROWMAN

It turned out those cuts did not prevent Fury from returning to the ring a month later, though the gloves were off when he did.

In what was perhaps another bid to increase his popularity in the States, Fury briefly joined the WWE and fought Braun Strowman at the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.

Fury won - by virtue of a knockout punch, of course - but it proved to be a short-lived career in scripted fights.

NOVEMBER 2019 - DEONTAY DOWNS ORTIZ

Wilder was encountering his own difficulties when Luis Ortiz outboxed him across the opening six rounds of their heavyweight title fight.

But, as has often been the case in Wilder's career, his awesome power proved the difference-maker, Ortiz sent to the canvas in the seventh.

It was Wilder's 10th straight title defence, drawing him level with the great Muhammad Ali.

DECEMBER 2019 - FURY CHANGES TRAINER

Three months after his family criticised Ben Davison for his role in the Wallin fight, Fury split with the man who had overseen his incredible comeback.

Davison was in his corner for the first fight against Wilder but Fury has elected to work alongside SugarHill Steward ahead of the rematch.

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