Phil Egan
Phil Egan

08.58 21 Feb 2020


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Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will square off once again in Las Vegas on Saturday night fourteen months on from their draw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Briton outboxed the American for most of the first fight but Wilder dropped his opponent twice, including in the 12th round.

There is a feeling that there could be a similar pattern to the rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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As is the norm with these mega fights, some of boxings biggest names were asked how they see the rematch going.

Evander Holyfield

"I'm picking Deontay Wilder based on his confidence and the fact that he does all of the right things to remain in great shape, and that he's committed to his craft. Wilder's not just a big guy with a right hand, but he's also become more calculated in his approach. That's why I'm picking him to win this second fight."

Wladimir Klitschko

"Either Wilder is going to knock out Fury or Fury is going to win on points.

Larry Holmes

"Deontay Wilder will knock out Tyson Fury in the seventh or eighth round if he does what I know that he can do, which is stay on the outside, use his jab, throw that right hand over the jab.

David Haye

"I don’t think people have mentioned the horrendous cut Tyson Fury received in his last fight. That will be opened up and once Fury has lost one eye, his view and perspective will be lost. He’ll walk into one of the biggest shots in boxing history."

Ricky Hatton

"I think Tyson is the best heavyweight in the division, and I think Wilder is the second-best heavyweight in the division. I thought Tyson won the last one and I think he’ll win this one."

Manny Pacquiao:

“Never bet against a puncher, particularly one like Deontay Wilder. I look at Wilder like I do at a Mike Tyson, another puncher. I see Wilder winning this rematch with Tyson Fury by tenth-round knockout.”

Carl Frampton

"I think it's a very difficult fight to call. Fury won the last one by a mile, but I think Wilder will be more aggressive this time, which may play into Fury's hands. Wilder can win by KO at any moment, but put a gun to my head, and I'd say Fury on points."

Andy Lee

"Tyson Fury can win this fight with Deontay Wilder in any way that he wants, whether by stoppage or knockout or accumulation of punishment on points. But the way that Fury's looking in training, I will say that he wins by stoppage or knockout, and I'll say he wins in round number two."

Andy Lee is well placed to give an insight into the challenger because he's been training him ahead of the fight.

The former middleweight world champion was on Off The Ball ahead of the big fight and he was confident his cousin will walk away with the WBC strap.

 


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