Fightful Boxing Newsletter (2/20/2020) Table Of Contents:

  1. Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 Preview (Page 1)
  2. Latest On Canelo Alvarez, Gennadiy Golovkin (Page 2)
  3. News And Notes From Around The World: United States (Page 3)
  4. News And Notes From Around The World: United Kingdom (Page 4)
  5. News And Notes From Around The World: Rest Of The World (Page 5)
  6. Fightful Boxing Rankings (Pages 6-7)

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 Preview:

As far as predicting the upcoming rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury for the WBC Heavyweight title on February 22, there are two schools of thought: Either Wilder’s right hand does the inevitable and knocks Fury out, or Fury’s toughness, mobility and overall boxing ability can outlast Wilder and win a decision on the scorecards.

On paper, both arguments are just as likely to happen given what we saw in their first encounter back in December 2018 and really, we saw both of those arguments in play. Wilder dropped Fury in the 12th round and although Fury got back up, it was after a long 10-count that in many cases, would have reached 10 but wasn’t the case with Fury. But then again, many believe that Fury did just enough to win the first fight on the scorecards, but a draw has left us here just days away from the rematch.

When you look at both fighters, there are perhaps a lot more questions surrounding Fury than Wilder. For Wilder, the question simply is this: can Wilder’s right hand put Fury out for good? The answer is yes. Wilder’s devastating right hand landing on his opponents is about a sure thing in boxing as anything today.

No one, not even Fury, is expecting a fundamentally different Wilder this time around. What you see is what you get: a tall, incredibly powerful fighter who has knocked out, or at least knocked down, every fighter put in front of him. Fundamentally, he may not be the best heavyweight today, but his power more than makes up for it.

“In that first fight I was probably 50% or less coming into that fight. I didn't fight like I normally fight. There's a lot of things that I did that I don't normally do. Especially when I look back at that fight, me and Jay can pinpoint so much, like look man, I don't even do that. Why did I did that? Why did I do this? I know why I did it but I don't know why I did it. It's just one of those things that you know why you did it because moving forward holding my guard high swinging swinging with no hope, just just doing certain things because in this fight I felt like I had the opportunity at that moment in time for me; that was the date for me, for the heavyweight division in America to be put on notice,” Wilder said in a media conference call.

Fury, on the other hand, has a lot of questions. The biggest one of them all might just be the change in trainer from Ben Davison to SugarHill Steward shortly after Fury’s win over Otto Wallin this past September.

“I had a good defensive coach, Ben Davison. We worked a lot on defense every single day for two years. It was defense, defense, defense. So I needed an aggressive trainer. I worked with SugarHill in the past. I knew he was a good guy. I knew we got along well, which is very important. Communication is key to any good relationship, and that's what I brought him in, and it's been one of the best decisions I've ever made, ever,” Fury said in a media conference call a week-and-a-half before the fight.

This is truly a fascinating fight to pick. It's not often that you get to have a fight where you can legitimately make a strong case for either boxer winning. Fury, who many believe to be the better boxer, should have won the first fight on the scorecards, according to many, but Wilder's power, especially in his right hand, is downright devastating.

Any perceived lack of boxing fundamentals (and I believe Wilder is underrated in that regard) is hardly a problem for Wilder as his power more than makes up for it. However, it should be noted that Wilder doesn't have the greatest track record in the world winning rounds when he's not seriously hurting guys or knocking them out. I think Wilder will drop Fury at least once in this rematch. It's almost impossible to not expect that from Wilder at this point. The question is: can Fury get back up from being knocked down again? Do I think Wilder could knock Fury out? Absolutely. However, Fury's proven to be tough enough to withstand punishment in the ring and I think Fury, under the tutelage of new trainer SugarHill Steward, will have a smarter gameplan this time around and find a way to win rounds a little more convincingly than in the first fight. Fury's already proven that he can find ways to tag Wilder and go the distance against him and we're not expecting a fundamentally different version of Wilder come February 22nd.

Regardless of who wins, if the fight is competitive enough, a trilogy fight could follow, which could be a great thing for boxing in terms of creating new fans.

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