What has changed between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in the last 14 months since their first fight?
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will finally fight again in their long-awaited rematch this weekend.
When they enter the MGM Grand ring, it has been 448 days since the controversial draw in December 2018.
The intervening months were moved to say the least. Both men fought twice, won twice and had a lot to say about each other. Fury made a trip to the world of WWE and split up last December with his trainer Ben Davison.
Here is a summary of what has changed and all the drama since the epic first encounter.
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder fought for a controversial draw in their December 2018 fight
December 1, 2018 – Fury and Wilder are fighting for a controversial draw. It is a beautiful heavyweight competition and the vast majority believed that Fury should have won points, despite being beaten twice.
His recovery in the 12th goes viral and even Wilder could hardly believe his eyes when the ‘Gypsy King’ pulled himself off the screen after a brutal combination in the final round.
February 18, 2019 – Fury signs a massive £ 80 million deal with ESPN and is co-promoted by Bob Arum and Frank Warren.
The deal sees his profile skyrocketing in the US, but casts doubt on a possible rematch with Wilder due to difficult negotiations between the major television networks.
“I’m still trying to get a body on my plate”
May 15, 2019 – Wilder doubles his statement that boxing is an outlet to legally kill a man. He received a lot of criticism of his comments, but prior to his fight with Dominic Breazeale, he said: “This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid at the same time. It is legal.
“[Breazeale’s] life is at stake for this fight and I mean his life. I’m still trying to assimilate a body. “
May 18, 2019 – Wilder beats fellow American Breazeale just 43 seconds in their fight in New York.
The victory and performance is emphatic and only increases the call for the ‘Bronze Bomber’ to face Fury again.
June 15, 2019 – Fury has his first fight since the Wilder draw. He dismantles Tom Schwarz and the towel is thrown within six seconds of the end of the second round.
Fury plays the showman, contrasts himself from the start in star shorts and roars after ‘short work by Schwarz’ God Bless America.
Then his personal submission to his wife, Paris, grabs a microphone and sings to her in the ring: “I don’t want to miss a thing.”
Fury’s upcoming party in Las Vegas was a success and he was a showman in the easy win
July 7, 2019 – Fury announces the Wilder rematch for 22 February. The fight still has to be officially confirmed, but his statement later turns out to be legitimate.
August 4, 2019 – Wilder unleashes his word war with Fury and criticizes the level of his opponents: “Look at who he fights. Fight at least against someone that people will be excited about or know something about.
“He continues to pull this night shift into night shift and fight them and talk about him as the best.”
“If I want some f ****** beers, I’ll have something”
September 12, 2019 – Fury gives the extraordinary recognition that he had four beers on the eve of his first fight with Wilder.
“I drink beer while I’m at training camp, I had four pints of beer for the Wilder fight – the night before, didn’t it hurt me?” he told Seconds Out.
‘I am a man, 30 years old, I have been a professional for 11 years, I am married with five children, if I want some beer, I will have a few.
“If the body craves something – give it. Why rob yourself just because it’s a fighting week? “
Fury admitted that he had drunk four pints on the eve of his massive first fight with Wilder
September 14, 2019 – Fury’s undefeated record is threatened as horrific wounds to his eyelid and eyebrow threaten to cancel the fight with Otto Wallin.
The cutman manages to get him through and eventually the British hunter triumphs against some adversity and overcomes the injury to win a unanimous point decision.
Fury eventually had 47 stitches afterwards, but didn’t seem too worried during the fight and shouted, “I live for this s ***” in the corner between the rounds. “
There were rumors that his injury would tear off the rematch date of February 22, but Fury fully recovered.
The ‘Gypsy King’ overcame two terrible cuts to defeat Otto Wallin with a point decision
“It will be a bloody night for him”
October 7, 2019 – Wilder responds to Fury’s injury and says he will use it against his rival in the rematch.
“I will definitely use that cut as a target,” he told The Independent. “And I will definitely open it again.
‘I will ensure that I open it and I will ensure that I also open a new one.
“It will be a bloody night for him and all I can say to him is” buddy rest, you need it, it will be a long and painful night. “
Wilder saw Wallin fighting and promised to reopen the cut when the rematch happens
October 8, 2019 – Wilder says that victory over Fury is his destiny.
“There will be one champion, one face, one name. His name is Deontay Wilder, “the 33-year-old told Sky Sports.
‘If all goes well. It’s not just me. But I speak with confidence. I know that everything will go according to plan.
“It is up to other people to do their job, but I believe that if they do, the world will see one of the greatest battles of their lives.
“What other man did it deserve?” I am a leader, a king, a ruler. I have strength in my tongue. Things happen when I speak. “
October 17, 2019 – The linear champion enjoys a night out with Floyd Mayweather and Joseph Parker at Jewel night club, Las Vegas.
Tyson Fury (left) poses alongside Floyd Mayweather (bottom) and Joseph Parker (third right)
October 25, 2019 – Anger at retirement – “I don’t think I will have many more fights,” he said. “Maybe three more. That is it.’
“He is a loud mouth … there is no intellect”
October 28, 2019 – Fury attacks Wilder’s personality and popularity in his home country.
“He often shouts ‘bomb crew’ and pretends to have a personality, but he really doesn’t and there is no depth for him,” Fury said.
“I already have more American fans than Wilder. For whatever reason, Wilder is not popular in America and people don’t love him.
“He has no content. He is a loud mouth.
“There is no intellect behind it. He comes with random things that are not right. I am a trash can, but sometimes I have trouble putting together what he is talking about. “
The American defended his WBC heavyweight title twice since drawing with Fury
October 31, 2019 – Four weeks of build-up to Fury’s WWE debut against the 6ft 8in Braun Strowman culminate in the Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
There are fears about injury or slowing down his recovery from the cuts against Wallin, and promoter Warren admits that he is not impressed by the wrestling attempt.
But the boxer raises his profile, involves a whole new group of fans and can regard the exercise as a piece of marketing genius.
The British heavyweight raided WWE and played in an event in Saudi Arabia
November 6, 2019 – Fury brands want a ‘file’ and step up the word war.
He says: “If I were afraid of you, I would not have fought you after being out of the stake for three years and beating you in your own country. You had to rob me and give me a tie, so I don’t know why on earth you think I’m worried about you.
‘Just come through your fight with Ortiz, do your own thing. Don’t use my name for relevance anymore. You should be 20 percent, but I’m giving you a fair share because I’m an honest man.
‘I don’t ask for anything in this world, I work hard for everything. So the thing is for you Wilder, go on with your own business and see you on February 22 to finish what I started.
“This time you’re going to break, big bag. The end of.’
November 7, 2019 – The ‘Gypsy King’ responds to deadly UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou and teases a trip to MMA after his boxing career, tweet: ‘I’ll deal with you and all other MMA heavyweights when I’m done with my boxing fights, It won’t wait long ! Then I’ll show you how we roll. “
November 23, 2019 – Wilder was behind all three of the jury’s score cards when he knocked out Cuban Luis Ortiz in their rematch.
The Alabama resident was convicted in some circles for accepting what many thought it was a risky rematch, but came through in the night to re-demonstrate his trademark power in a devastating way.
Wilder eliminated Ortiz in their rematch last year with a thunderous shot
December 15, 2019 – Big news breaks out of the Fury camp while announcing a split between good friend and trainer Ben Davison.
Davison devised the game plan that saw Fury Wilbox outbox in the first fight, but the heavyweight chose to make a change just two months before his rematch.
After working with SugarHill Steward, he said: ‘I went a bit old, repetitive and did the same things every day for years. I needed a change.
“We’re going back to basics. I trained with SugarHill in 2010, we could think of it as a house on fire.
“This is an unfinished case, but on February 22 this file will finally get what awaits him.”
Fury decided to split with his trainer Ben Davison (right) just two months prior to the fight
“If it didn’t affect him, he wouldn’t make changes”
February 15, 2020 – Wilder thinks Fury’s changes mean he’s scared and terrified of being knocked out by the famous right hand.
He tells the mail on Sunday: ‘What my right hand did to him is absolutely in his mind.
“That’s why he changes so many things in his camp. If it didn’t affect him and it wasn’t in his mind, he wouldn’t make changes. My own situation is that if it is not broken, it cannot be solved. That is the term, that is the saying, that is the expression that we apply in certain situations.
“He says he beat me 10 laps for two, but he can’t believe that. Why so much change? It is also a dramatic change. This man is ready to put his hands in gas. It is crazy. There are many things going on. He is talking about leaving ten times a day to build testosterone. I knew right away when I heard all that it was due to the game changer in the 12th round. “
Wilder thinks that the changes Fury has made point to fear and panic in the opposition camp
February 16, 2020 – Fury confirms his prediction of an early knockout.
“I’ve always had these God-given athletics and mobility, but while that herky jerky move pushes out opponents, I don’t want them to be missed alone, I want them to be missed and paid,” he told Sportsmail. .
“This time I’ll be in balance and make Deontay pay if he misses, by taking off his lips.”