Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will meet for the second time tomorrow night, following a frustrating points draw back in December 2018. The heavyweight rematch takes place in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas on Saturday night local time – around 5am for viewers in the UK.
The last bout was Wilder’s only draw in an otherwise undefeated career. The 34-year-old American has a 42-0-1 record with 41 knockouts – putting his knockout rate at a terrifying 95.35%.
31-year-old Brit Tyson Fury has also won every fight apart from his draw with Wilder. He’s had fewer professional fights, but his record is still undeniably impressive – 29 wins with 20 knockouts.
Professional boxers give their predictions
Fans, pundits and bookmakers alike are expecting a close fight. Speaking to BBC Sport, ten current and former champions have given their predictions for Saturday’s big fight.
British former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion David Haye:
“I’ve played it over in my head so many different times. My heart and gut just sway to Wilder’s punch power. I think that knockout shot will land on Fury.”
British former super-middleweight world champion Carl Froch:
“I’d say Fury on points. I do not like the talk of him knocking Wilder out. He would have to stand in range and to do that you can get clipped on the chin. If you do with Wilder it’s lights out. I think Fury’s talk of taking Wilder on at his own game is a smokescreen.”
American former five-division world champion Sugar Ray Leonard:
“I know that Fury has excellent boxing abilities and a tremendous chin from the way that he got up from the two knockdowns in their previous fight. In the end, I think that Wilder is always in shape and that he will use his speed and power to get the job done.”
Filipino multi-division world champion Manny Pacquiao:
“Never bet against a puncher, particularly one like Wilder. I look at him like I do at a Mike Tyson, another puncher. I see Wilder winning this rematch by 10th-round knockout.”
British current unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (speaking to Pep Talk UK):
“I hope Fury wins. I think the man that nearly did it the first time won’t get it wrong the second time. He came so close, to the point of a draw, so I think Fury will come back and win.”
American former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes:
“Wilder will knock out Fury in the seventh or eighth round if he does what I know that he can do, which is stay on the outside, use his jab and throw that right hand over the jab.”
American form junior welterweight and welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi:
“I feel like it’s going to be Fury on points, but it’s a fight between the two best fighters in the weight class. I do think Fury has to be careful with getting careless in spots, but Wilder can’t just fight believing he can land one shot and get him out of there.”
Norther Irish former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton:
“Wilder can win by knockout at any moment but push me and I’d say Fury on points.”
American former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield:
“I’m picking Wilder based on his confidence and the fact he does all of the right things to remain in great shape, and that he’s committed to his craft. Wilder’s not just a big guy with a right hand, he’s also become more calculated in his approach.”
American former two-time welterweight world champion Shawn Porter:
“I have not had this hard of a time picking a winner of a fight after dissecting every component in a very long time. It’s razor thin until the end. I’m picking Wilder to win by KO, Fury by points, or Fury by KO. This is a 50-50, I’m picking the fans to win.”