It’s the biggest fight of 2020 and the road to Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury 2 has been an eventful one. Here, SportPesa looks at the five fights that helped build this weekend’s heavyweight clash.
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Deontay Wilder WPTS12 Bermane Stiverne, January 2015
There were numerous doubts regarding Deontay Wilder’s stamina heading into his first world title fight against Bermane Stiverne. Wilder had earned himself a fearsome reputation due to his staggering number of early knockouts, but how would he cope against a genuine top-level opponent? The answer was emphatic as Wilder dominated the entire fight to become WBC champion and started his reign in impressive form.
Tyson Fury WPTS12 Wladimer Klitschko, November 2015
There was a general consensus in the boxing industry that Wladimer Klitschko would have far too much experience for Tyson Fury when the giant pair squared off at the backend of 2015. Instead, Klitschko fought like a man making his professional debut as he was constantly tormented by the Englishman and failed to establish any sort of rhythm. Fury fought a smart fight that frustrated his opponent and he was declared the victor at the end of 12 rounds, which sparked wild celebrations.
Deontay Wilder Draw Tyson Fury, December 2018
It should’ve been a heroic return to the top for Tyson Fury following a lengthy absence from the sport due to a number of issues, but Deontay Wilder’s power ensured he stayed relevant. Fury dominated this intriguing heavyweight clash for large portions and it looked like he was on his way to retaining his crown with a masterful performance. Wilder took more risks as the fight wore and two knockdowns in the final stages ensured that he took a share of the scorecards.
Tyson Fury WPTS Otto Wallin, September 2019
Talks for a Deontay Wilder/Tyson Fury rematch were well underway when the latter took a fight with Sweden’s Otto Wallin in Las Vegas. The contest was intended to be an exercise in round building for Fury, but what transpired was a gruelling night’s work. Fury was cut early and it was a severe laceration that was problematic throughout the fight. Fury dug in against a spirited opponent and despite being involved in a hard fight, it was a well-deserved points win after 12 rounds.
Deontay Wilder KO7 Luis Ortiz, December 2019
In a rematch of their 2018 classic that see-sawed several times, Deontay Wilder’s return with Luis Ortiz was lacking the same drama until the man from Alabama ended the fight in an instant at the end of round seven. The Cuban veteran looked comfortable in the fight’s first half, but with Wilder’s power a threat throughout every fight of his career, it only took one right hand to swing everything back in his favour. Ortiz looked stunned as he failed to beat the count as Wilder walked into a rematch with Fury in menacing form.