Deontay Wilder


Story by WVUA 23’s Stu McCann.

Later this month, Tuscaloosa native Deontay Wilder will take on Tyson Fury in a rematch for the WBC Heavyweight Title. The two fighters had their first matchup back in December of 2018. The fight was ruled a draw after Wilder knocked down Fury.

Wilder is “ready for war” as fans are calling this rematch the biggest heavyweight fight in years.

“I’m just happy to be in this position at this moment and time because I did live those moments in time where it wasn’t talked about in America. And there was no excitement as far as heavyweight boxing was concerned. So you can only imagine what I’ve been through,” Wilder said.

Almost a year-and-a-half after the first fight, the battle will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on February 22.

“I mean, I’ve had to carry the Olympics team on my back, and I had to carry that flag of the U.S. good ole’ A on my back as well. You know, to be doing it 12 years – and each and every time you see nothing but dramatic knockouts and excitement from this Tuscaloosa native right here,” Wilder said.

Deontay Wilder is (42-0-1) with 41 knockouts, and is the reigning WBC Heavyweight Champion. His challenger, Tyson Fury, is (29-0-1) with 20 knockouts in his career.

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