Tomorrow marks the historic moment that two of the biggest names in the world of boxing clash for the second time to prove who the better sportsman is.
Billed to start at 3 a.m. West African Time and 9 p.m. Eastern Time, those in the United States will witness the momentous event on Saturday, February 22, 2020, while boxing fans in Africa will see it on Sunday, February 23, 2020.
The first time these two heavyweights met was on December 1, 2018, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and it ended in a draw (the scorecards for Wilder was 115-111, while that of Fury stood at 114-112).
The two men are Goliaths (literally); Fury stands at 6 foot, 9 inches, and Wilder 6 foot, 7 inches. It can be assumed that their second encounter will produce a winner. But the question is, who will that be?
Known as the Gypsy King, Tyson Fury is known for his unorthodox style of boxing, quick jabs which tend to gradually weaken his opponents. His size often makes it easy to forget just how lightning-fast he can be.
Fury is a boxer that shouldn’t be taken lightly. He is formidable and can come back from the most upsetting hits to rally for a victory. His recovery from a heavy knockdown which he suffered at the hands of Wilder in their first match earned him the Comeback of the Year. He has taken the best that Wilder can give, and this makes him even more lethal.
Deontay Wilder, on the other hand, is one of the rare breeds of boxers whose ability to knock out his opponents makes him one of the most dangerous boxers to ever step in the ring.
His knockout-to-win ratio stands at 98% (with 20 knockouts in the first round). He can withstand a lot and persevere till he sees an opening. All it takes is one punch and his opponent is down.
Wilder knows the pressure he faces with the rematch. He knows that anything less than a win would be a stain on his glorious career. He wouldn’t want Fury to recover from his deadly punch a second time.
When the two titans face each other, only one will be named conqueror. Both have a lot to prove and they are evenly matched in determination and grit. One will leave arrayed in glory, the other in shame.
For those of us on the African continent, tomorrow holds the answer to the mystery
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