Wilder vs Fury II: Live updates as it happens [liveblog]

On Sunday 23 February 2020 Wilder vs Fury II goes down at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas with Deontay Wilder defending his WBC Heavyweight Championship against Tyson Fury.

Fury has the greater reach and comes into the fight at a heavy 273 lbs but Wilder is renowned for his punching power and tipped the scales at the heaviest weight of his professional career, 231 lbs.

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Wilder vs Fury II: Boxers Deontay Wilder (L) and Tyson Fury (R) face-off during a press conference in Los Angeles, California on January 25, 2020, ahead of their re-match fight in Las Vegas on February 22. (Photo by RINGO CHIU / AFP)

Despite Fury being bigger than Wilder he has already shown that he can outmove the Bronze Bomber but it remains to be seen if he can avoid a thunderbolt that would give his opponent bragging rights.

Fury concedes that he lost consciousness after hitting the canvas for a second time in the 2018 fight and has committed to knocking Wilder out early on rather than risk getting fatigued and being unable to cope with his opponents bombs.

“My own destiny lies within my own two fists,” the Fury said in the build-up to the bout.

“I’ll be letting them fly very aggressively. The mistake I made last time was not making him pay when he was hurt. This time when I get him hurt, I’ll throw everything but the kitchen sink at him and he won’t know what hit him.”

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Wilder vs Fury II: Deontay Wilder weighs in against Tyson Fury during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Wilder doesn’t believe that Fury has the power to execute that gameplan and thinks its all a bluff from the Gypsy King.

“I don’t believe nothing Fury says at this moment in time,” Wilder said. 

“He’s just a tall big man that can move around the ring. And that’s about it. As far as power, there’s none there.

“I don’t believe he’ll be able to develop (power), no matter what trainer he brings in. You just don’t develop power in a couple of weeks. It’s impossible.”

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Wilder vs Fury II: British boxer Tyson Fury gestures towards US boxer Deontay Wilder (off frame) during their official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 21, 2020. – The boxers will fight for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Championship Title on February 22, 2020 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Gurzinski / AFP)

Wilder and Fury both believe that they won that 2018 fight, or at least that is what they let on in public. 

The Bronze Bomber is confident that he has scarred Fury and has his number.

“Deep down in his heart, I really feel that he’s nervous from the first time,” Wilder said. “When you knock a person out and get a concussion, you never forget that. 

“When you’re going back in the ring with that person a second time it has to be stressful. He knows what the truth was.

“He can say he beat me by a wide margin but he honestly don’t believe that. If he believed he beat me, he wouldn’t have changed up so much.”

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