When Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder met in Las Vegas in December last year, it was billed as one of the biggest fights in years. Fury, a former world champion before his career was disrupted by bans and mental issues, was testing himself a little earlier than many believed sensible, as he hadn’t returned much before then, while Wilder held the one belt Anthony Joshua didn’t. But Fury had been the first man to beat Wladimir Klitschko in years and, at his best, he was believed to be the best heavyweight on the planet. His flexible style is in complete contrast to Wilder’s power, and after being knocked down and getting back up, Fury was controversially denied victory by the scorecards claiming the match was drawn. That meant Wilder kept his belt and the rematch was always likely.
Fury has claimed it will take place on February 22 next year, but no date has been officially set as of yet. It will be in Las Vegas most likely, with Frank Warren again crucial to promoting it.
Tyson Fury is currently odds on favourite to win this and become champion again. He is at 4/9 with Betfair, while there are also different odds on KO, TKO and decision. Closer to the time, there will be more enhanced odds posted by different bookmakers, which you can find on Freebets.co.uk when they drop.
Most fans viewed it as an injustice that Fury didn’t win the first fight and they’ll want to see that put right here. The obvious future fight was the winner of this taking on Joshua in a unification bout, though that has been tempered by his stunning defeat to Mexican Andy Ruiz in June. They have a rematch set for later this year, but even though he can win his belts back, the air of invincibility that surrounded him has subsided.