The Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and FOX partnership continues to re-introduce boxing to a wide national audience.
All eyes were glued on FOX last Sunday as the network aired Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.
Nine different promos were shown for the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury February 22 rematch on the network that day, with the 8:02 p.m. ET ad drawing a peak viewership of 103.5 million, according to Nielsen ratings research.
In all, the ads generated 331 million impressions.
“To have the biggest fight of the year – Wilder vs. Fury – and boxing’s most dynamic heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, on a platform with the Super Bowl, the biggest sporting event in America, is nothing short of phenomenal,” said Tim Smith, PBC spokesperson and VP of Communications for Haymon Boxing. “It also demonstrates the commitment of FOX and PBC to help push boxing back into the sports mainstream where it belongs.”
The undefeated Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) is widely considered the greatest puncher in boxing history. He will make the 11th defense of his WBC World Heavyweight title when he rematches Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs), the unbeaten former unified champion, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, live in a historic, mega pay-per-view (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
In December 2018, Wilder and Fury fought to a split draw in a thrilling fight that entered mainstream consciousness. Fury outboxed Wilder for large stretches but Wilder dropped him once in the ninth and nearly ended the bout with another knockdown in the dramatic twelfth.
The two will settle their unfinished business on February 22 in what will be the biggest heavyweight fight on U.S. soil since 2002, when Lennox Lewis defeated Mike Tyson in Memphis, Tennessee.
BT Sports has come out on top in winning a bidding war with Sky Sports to broadcast the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 rematch in the UK on February 22. According to the Daily Mail, Sky made a ‘a huge offer’ to try and win the bidding war for the rights to broadcast the Wilder-Fury rematch, but it wasn’t good enough.
The cost for the first on BT Sport went for £19.99 in December 2018. The February 22 rematch may see a bump up in price by BT Sport. That fight was scored a 12 round draw, but a lot of boxing fans felt that Wilder should have been given credit for a knockout. He dropped Fury hard in the 12th, and he was out cold.
Sky bid £10m for the Wilder-Fury 2 fight, according to the Daily Mail. The fight will be shown on BT Sport on television and through streaming on smartphones and other devices.
There’s a tremendous amount of interest from British boxing fans in the Wilder vs. Fury rematch, and it’ll be interesting to see how many pay-per-view buys it generates this time around. The fight has gotten a lot bigger than the first time they fought each other over a year ago in December 2018.
That match was scored a 12 round draw, but Fury has done a lot to market himself in the U.S with WWE involvement, his two tune-up matches, as Deontay Wilder streaming well making himself available for countless interviews.
BT Sport will televise the rematch on Box Office pay-per-view in the UK. The fight will also be shown in the United States on Fox Sports and ESPN pay-per-view on February 22. For the average American fan, many of them weren’t aware of the bidding war going on in the UK between BT Sport and Sky to broadcast the Wilder vs. Fury 2 rematch.
According to the dailymail, Wilder-Fury 2 has a chance of breaking the UK record of 1.6 million PPV buys that the Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. fight set on December 7 on Sky Box Office from Saudi Arabia.
Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) defeated IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Ruiz Jr (33-2 22 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision to avenge his knockout defeat from last June. However, the Joshua vs. Ruiz 2 rematch failed to live up to the huge expectations from the fans in terms of excitement and entertainment value.
In a big disappointment, Joshua chose to copy former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s fighting style by running and holding for 12 rounds. To put it another way, Joshua spoiled for 12 rounds in fighting in a survival oriented fight. Joshua didn’t take chances in the fight, and a lot of boxing fans were disappointed afterwards in the fight. They felt that Joshua had a huge advantage in his conditioning, and he should have been able to beat Ruiz in the trenches, especially with millions of fans watching.
Top Rank boss Bob Arum believes the Wilder-Fury 2 fight will ultimately top 2 million buys. However, the lack of news conferences in the U.S, and the emphasis on promoting the fight by advertising it during football games could result in the fight failing to break the 2 million barrier.
Arum likely has talked to a lot of the top brass from ESPN for him to forgo press conferences for the Wilder vs. Fury 2 rematch. As the saying goes, ‘the more the merrier.’ It certainly wouldn’t have hurt if Arum had choose to have a big promotional tours for the Wilder-Fury rematch, in addition to all the advertising that’ll be done during football games.
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury have been on a collision course ever since their thrilling first fight ended in a draw in December 2018. The heavyweights decided to each take two interim fights ahead of their rematch, reportedly penciled in for Feb. 22.
While Fury played it safe by lining up Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin (the latter turned out to be more difficult than anyone imagined), Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) is taking a significant risk with a rematch against Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs) on Saturday in Las Vegas.
- Where is Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury taking place? The MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US
- When is Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury and what time does it start? Sunday 23rd February, 2020 – 03:00 approx (UK)
- What TV channel is Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury on? BT Sport Box Office (19.95)
- Where can I stream Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website
For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to go official website! The fight will also be shown on Fox Sports and available to stream via the Fox Sports Go website and app or visit for more option.
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- Since their draw Wilder has added two more devastating knockouts to his victim sheet, finishing Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz again in their rematch.
- Wilder is arguably the hardest hitter in the sport and has an astonishing 98% knockout rate, finishing all but one of his opponents. Although Fury survived the first bout Wilder can still end the fight with one punch.
- Wilder has defended his IBF heavyweight title 10 times, including the draw with Fury since winning it back in 2015 against Bermane Stiverne which was his only decision win.
- Since their draw Fury has also added two more wins to his record finishing Tom Schwarz and earning a unanimous decision over Otto Wallin.
- Fury was seconds away from getting counted out by the referee but up until that point he proved that technically, he is a far superior boxer than Wilder and knows he just needs to avoid the power punches to rack up the rounds.
- Fury is the former WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring champion after beating Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015 and he will regain the WBC and vacant The Ring titles if he gets past Wilder.
Wilder vs Fury II prediction
Fury outclassed Wilder for the majority of their first clash with that vicious knockdown saving the champion from a decision loss. Fury is expected to be the fittest he has been in years and now he has experienced 12 rounds with Wilder he will be better prepared to avoid his scary knockout power and if he succeeds, he should walk away with a comfortable decision this time around.
Winner: Fury via Decision
Wilder vs Fury 2 Fight Info, Location & Start Time
Wilder vs Fury 2
Rematch: Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) vs. Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2019
Time: Start time has not yet been finalized.
Venue: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
Wilder vs Fury 2 Odds & Betting Lines
All betting odds, lines and props are available on
– Wilder: (+118)
– Fury: (-150)
– Draw: (+2300)
Method of Victory:
– Wilder: Points or Decision (+1200)
– Wilder: KO/TKO (+150)
– Fury: Points or Decision (+150)
– Fury: KO/TKO (+360)
How to Watch Wilder vs Fury 2 Fight
– The fight will be broadcast though a joint pay-per-view between ESPN/Top Rank and Fox/Premier Boxing Champions. Visit for more viewing info.
Wilder vs Fury 2 Betting Trends and Stats
– Their first fight on Dec. 1, 2018 at the STAPLES center in Los Angeles, CA ended in a split draw.
– Fury won the majority of rounds in the first fight, but Wilder scored two knockdowns, one in the 9th and 12th round.
– Both fighters are undefeated, and have only one tie, which came in the first bout.
– Both Fury and Wilder have participated and won two fights since their first bout against one another.
– Fury is one of only two people to ever step in the professional ring with Wilder and avoid losing by knockout.
Wilder vs Fury 2 Prop Bet
– Deontay Wilder by KO/TKO (+150) – As mentioned above, Fury is one of only two men to avoid a Wilder knockout, but it’s going to be pretty tough to do that twice, especially after barely doing so in the first bout. Wilder’s right hand is one of the most dangerous and lethal punches in the history of boxing, right there with Tyson’s uppercut. Now that Wilder knows firsthand how to better handle Fury, he could have an advantage in fight two. If Wilder can be more aggressive in the early rounds, not only will it give him a better chance on the scorecard if that deadly haymaker can’t be landed, it will give him more opportunity to make sure it does indeed land. And this time, in a manner that might not allow Fury to stand up again.
The two superstars produced a thrilling encounter in Los Angeles last December, clashing in an epic draw. They have both had fights since their last clash and soon will focus on their highly-anticipated rematch.
Fury vs Wilder II will be one of next year’s biggest bouts and here’s what we know about the clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas so far.
Wilder vs Fury rematch: When is it?
Both Wilder and Fury confirmed on social media on December 27 that the rematch will take place on February 22, 2020.
The Gypsy King beat Sweden’s Otto Wallin on September 14 in a gruelling battle.
The Bronze Bomber defended his WBC title against Luis Ortiz in stunning fashion on November 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The two are now set to clash once again in the New Year.
Fury said: “The Wilder rematch has been confirmed and signed. 22nd of February, it’s on.
“This time, I haven’t been out of the ring for three years. This time, I haven’t been abusing too much alcohol. And this time, I’m going to knock him the f*** out.”
Wilder added: “All contracts have been signed already. It’s officially on.
“As I always say I’m the realest champion in the business.”
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has confirmed the fight is all ‘set in stone’
“It is going to be like everything else with Tyson Fury and Deontay – everything is going to be spectacular,” he told iFL TV.
“It is not going to be a normal announcement, it will be like a circus.
“This promotion is going to be one of the greatest promotions – if not the greatest – in the history of boxing.
“A lot of stuff is being planned. When the announcement will be, it will be special – how it is going to be done, where it is going to be done.
“I have to keep it under wraps but with ESPN and FOX, two major networks combining… they are terrific the way they promote products and you are going to see something really special.”
Asked if the rematch may not happen on February 22, Arum responded: “No. That’s pretty good. That’s in stone.”
And he confirmed MGM Grand in Las Vegas is the likely host, adding: “That’s also sort of in stone.”
Wilder vs Fury: Tale of the Tape
Wilder – Fury
Nationality: American – British
Age: 34 – 31
Height: 6ft 7 – 6ft 9
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Reach: 83in – 85in
Record: 42-0-1 – 29-0-1
KOs: 41 – 20
Rounds: 143 – 186
Debut: 15/11/2008 – 12/6/2008
Nickname: The Bronze Bomber – The Gypsy King
Let me drop some Apollo Creed on you. When Apollo decides to give Rocky Balboa a shot at his heavyweight crown, he quips: “Apollo Creed meets The Italian Stallion. Sounds like a damn monster movie.” That’s exactly how this one sounds — The Bronze Bomber vs. The Gypsy King Part II. It’s the rematch between heavyweight world titleholder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) and lineal champion (29-0-1, 20 KOs), and it will happen Feb. 22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Top Rank and Premier Boxing Champions announced on Friday.
The Wilder-Fury sequel is arguably the most anticipated heavyweight rematch in almost a quarter-century when Evander Holyfield fought Mike Tyson on June 28, 1997. And will happen with an unprecedented joining of forces as ESPN and FOX Sports will co-produce the pay-per-view. Surely, ESPN and FOX will promote the hell out of it, along with Fury’s promoting beast, Top Rank. “Having networks like ESPN and Fox come together and create awareness for a fight is really unprecedented,”
Top Rank chief Bob Arum recently told “I would be disappointed if the pay-per-view was less than 2 million buys. That’s the goal and estimation. I think it’s doable… and we’re pulling off all of the stops to reach that number, or exceed it.” Two million buys, Bob? Whaaaat? The 2018 Wilder-Fury match fell far short of the 1 million that promoters had originally aimed to reach, with 325,000 pay-per-view buys in the United States at $74.99 and another 420,000 in the United Kingdom, where Fury is from. The rematch is expected to be priced at $74.99, but could go as high as $99.99.
If Wilder-Fury 2 should reach Arum’s insane goal of 2 million buys, he should bow down to Wilder and Fury, who are master hype machines in their own rights. Fury will appear on ESPN’s “College Gameday” on Saturday and later he will appear during coverage of the Fiesta Bowl. Both fighters also have personal sagas that are easy sells to the public. Fury has risen from the Hades of drug abuse, 400-pound obesity and near-suicidal depression, while Wilder, who once waited tables at IHOP, became a professional boxer to support his daughter, who was diagnosed with spina bifida as a newborn.
Wilder is already hyping, promising on Instagram shortly after the fight became official: “After February 22nd there will be no more unanswered questions. I will finish what I started, and this time [Fury] will not be getting up off that canvas so quickly.” Of course, Fury had an Instagram pledge of his own: “Watch me knock out Deontay Wilder AKA The Big Dosser.”
What will sell the rematch more than anything is the Wilder-Fury fight from Dec. 1, 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. That night, we saw Fury outbox Wilder with slickness that evoked the Great Ali. That night, we saw Wilder nearly decapitate Fury with a right-left kaboom in the final round. That night, we saw Fury rise off the canvas like a zombie after the near-decapitation. And that night we got a stinkin’ draw that bubbled with controversy. Wilder claimed the referee gave Fury a long count, and he should’ve won. Fury claimed a couple judges unfairly gave Wilder too many rounds, and he should’ve won. Whatever. The whole damn thing — the astounding fight and the controversial ending — makes Part II an easier sell, and that’s all ESPN, FOX and Arum care about. And maybe Arum’s vision of 2 million pay-per-view buys isn’t as crazy as it sounds.