The second installment of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s rivalry will be written this weekend when they return to the Las Vegas ring for their long-awaited rematch.
Anger climbed off the canvas last November when Wilder was just seconds away from concluding a knockout victory and the game was pulled.
The rematch is coming Saturday and according to Fury a third would be in the offing. But how will this rivalry stand next to some of the fiercest in boxing history? Sportsmail reflects on some of the best rematches the sport has seen.
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will fight again this weekend after last November’s draw
ALI v LISTON
Fight 1: February 25, 1964 – Ali
Fight 2: May 25, 1965 – Ali
Muhammad Ali v Sonny Liston
In 1964, Muhammad Ali – then Cassius Clay – turned the world of heavyweight boxing upside down. Clay was a big underdog, but as the fight progressed, he grew in confidence and took control from the third. After an attack in the sixth, Liston withdrew before the start of the seventh; his face was badly broken and he had sustained a shoulder injury.
It was 15 months later when Liston was given the chance to straighten out the record and when the two hunters came back into the ring, photographer Neil Leifer photographed one of the most iconic images in sports history.
Ali crossed the top of a Liston and sent his rival to the ground. While Liston hit the Canvas, Leifer Ali broke over his opponent and called “stand up and fight.”
Liston tried, but Ali was predatory and the fight was canceled seconds later.
Muhammad Ali recorded an iconic knockout in his rematch against Sonny Liston in 1965
Evander Holyfield against Mike Tyson
HOLYFIELD v TYSON
Fight 1: November 9, 1996 (Holyfield)
Fight 2: June 28, 1997 (abandoned)
The first meeting between the two was an epic high point, with Evander Holyfield as the high point recording an 11th round TKO over Mike Tyson. Tyson had started in the first round with the strongest, rocking Holyfield with a brutal right, but as the fight progressed, Holyfield’s superior power kept Tyson on the back foot.
Holyfield struck him down in the sixth, before the two had a nasty but coincidental clash of heads in the seventh. Tyson seemed to have won a second wind in the following two rounds, but Holyfield rally and a brutal combination at the end of the tenth, followed by another at the start of round 11, saw the fight ended.
The rematch came just over six months later and is engraved in boxing history because of Tyson biting part of Holyfield’s right ear towards the end of the third round. Tyson was subtracted two points, but he repeated his gesture again, on Holyfield’s left ear, and the fight was stopped towards the end of the third round.
In Mike Tyson’s second fight against Evander Holyfield, he bit off part of his ear
Holyfield’s right ear can be seen as missing cartilage and bleeding during the fight is Las Vegas
LAMOTTA v DAUTHUILLE
Fight 1: February 21, 1949 (Dauthuille)
Fight 2: September 13, 1950 (LaMotta)
Jake LaMotta against Laurent Dauthuille
Laurent Dauthuille defeated Jake LaMotta in February 1949, but by the time they met for a second fight, LaMotta had claimed the middleweight title.
This fight was his second defense and goes down in history as one of the most dramatic confrontations of the sport.
This of course was back when boxing matches could last 15 rounds and it went almost entirely. LaMotta was about to defeat before she pulled a final burst of energy to go back to Dauthuille, who only had to play him safe, to send him down and he was counted by the referee with a painful 13 seconds to by going on the clock.
It was named ‘Fight of the Year’ by Ring Magazine in 1950.
Jake LaMotta left it incredibly late to save a dramatic victory over Laurent Dauthuille
LaMotta celebrates after Dauthuille was counted out with only 13 seconds left of the final round
Riddick Bowe against Evander Holyfield
BOWE v HOLYFIELD
Fight 1: November 13, 1992 (Bowe)
Fight 2: November 6, 1993 (Holyfield)
After Bowe became victorious in the first game, the duo returned almost a year later in a showdown billed as ‘Repeat or Revenge’. Yet it became the night that belonged to ‘Fan Man’.
It started well for Holyfield, but his pursuit of victory was delayed in the most remarkable circumstances during the seventh round, when parachutist James Miller crashed sensationally into the ring and caused a 21-minute delay. Miller had a history of upstaging events, such as an FA Cup match between Bolton and Arsenal and an NFL match, but this was his biggest achievement.
With the help of an angry crowd, Miller was removed and Holyfield was able to keep his calm. When the fight resumed, Holyfield was victorious in a point decision, and only became the third man to reclaim a heavyweight title from the man who defeated him before. It was the only loss of Bowe’s career.
Parachutist James Miller thrilled sensationally in the rematch of Holyfield with Riddick Bowe
Miller’s stunt caused a 21-minute delay in the Las Vegas fight that Holyfield was going to win
TAYLOR v HOPKINS
Fight 1: July 16, 2005 (Taylor)
Fight 2: December 3, 2005 (Taylor)
Jermain Taylor against Bernard Hopkins
Jermain Taylor was a huge underdog who came in the first fight with Bernard Hopkins, who tried the 21st defense as the undisputed middleweight champion, in 2005.
Hopkins, 40 years old, started slowly against Taylor, but eventually got momentum. The fight went the distance, but when it reached the end of round 12, Taylor trudged back into his corner as if he knew he had been defeated.
But the jury members scored in his favor. Hopkins immediately activated his rematch clause and the two men fought again six months later. This time, Taylor tweaked his approach by saving energy – in the first fight, his high-octane approach saw him run out of gas towards the end.
The change in plan worked. Taylor won again on points and retained the titles.
Jermain Taylor achieved a stunning double victory in 2005 against Bernard Hopkins
Taylor had to persist in the first win, but was much more composed in the second encounter
MAYWEATHER v CASTILLO
Fight 1: April 20, 2002 (Mayweather)
Fight 2: December 7, 2002 (Mayweather)
Floyd Mayweather against Jose Luis Castillo
One of the closest calls Floyd Mayweather had in his career was against Jose Luis Castillo.
The first time they met, in 2002, Castillo saw the procedure seem to dominate, causing Mayweather to cause specific problems with his bodyshots. He dominated the last two rounds and beat Mayweather 35-20 in the 11th, but the judges scored in favor of Mayweather.
The decision was booed loudly by the crowd and a rematch was scheduled for later in the year after Mayweather had recovered from shoulder surgery. The second time was not as controversial as the first, although it went completely and Mayweather recorded a much more authoritative triumph.
Floyd Mayweather had a hard time with Jose Luis Castillo in part one, but won the second well