By: Rhett “PRITTY” Butler
Now that the smoke has cleared from the Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz, Jr. rematch, the heavyweight division is back where we left it.
WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder is still looking to prove he is the best heavyweight in the world. Lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury is still seeking to destroy that argument.
The two undefeated champions continued their war of words and previewed their much-anticipated rematch at a Los Angeles press conference on Monday.
“I knocked him out the first time we fought,” said Wilder. “I told him two years ago I was going to baptize him. Rising up is part of the baptism. But this a different story. This is unfinished business. Because he’s in WWE I’m going to make sure he gets knocked out of the ring, I might even come down with a flying elbow from the top rope.”
They square off Saturday, February 22 in a historic, joint FOX Sports PPV & ESPN+ PPV from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“He thinks I’m going to come out herky-jerky with my famous style, but I want him to meet me in the center of the ring and have a slugfest, best man wins,” said Fury. “I didn’t have the gas to finish him in the last fight, but this time I can turn that screwdriver until he’s gone. Let’s make it a Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns type of fight. I’ll meet you In the middle of the ring on February 22. Just watch out for the right hand, because you’re going to sleep in two rounds.”
Wilder vs. Fury II comes 14 months after their thrilling first fight that saw Wilder retain the title via split draw.