[WATCH] Deontay Wilder offers preview of Tyson Fury rematch – Deadline


EXCLUSIVE: “I have the highest knockout rate in boxing history,” said former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. “When people come to see heavyweights, they come to see knockouts,” said the former Alabama-born Olympian in an exclusive video ahead of his rematch with Tyson Fury on Oct. 9.

“I can say, I deliver for them.”

Indeed, the “Bronze Bomber” nicknamed Wilder can, despite his failure against Fury in their last battle in February 2020 to 75%, the third highest percentage of wins by KO in the history of boxing. The 2015-2020 guy is only passed by Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano in the heavyweight fighting world titles.

Whether Wilder will increase that percentage in the Fox Sports and ESPN Fury co-produced fight against Wilder III in the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip next week remains to be seen – but the odds are good for the man with that right hand. devastating if bookmakers are any indication

Yet with the self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ of British descent defending his title for the first time, there is no argument between them Wilder and Fury reinvigorated top boxing and saw long fractured belts united for the first time in decades.

Besides the action in the ring, the proof is in the numbers.

Resulting in a draw, the first fight of December 2018 between then-champion Wilder and Fury, with its spectacular rise to the 12th round of the mat by the latter, attracted around 350,000 pay-per-view purchases for Showtime and a reported north of $ 30 million. Literally punctuated by a technical knockout in the 7th round of Wilder, with his trainer ending after seeing his fighter take Fury’s blows, the first rematch in early 2020 jumped to over 850,000 pay-per-view purchases on various cable providers. and satellite via a huge joint production of Fox Sports and ESPN.

Often competing outlets have teamed up in 2020 as Fury and Wilder have different, separate exclusive contracts with each, respectively.

On the court, that last year’s fight at the MGM Grand actually set a live gate record for a heavyweight championship fight in Sin City. In the end, the take was $ 16.91 million. This breaks the previous record set by the rematch between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield at Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas

At $ 79.99, this year’s October 9 fight is again broadcast live on ESPN PPV and Fox Sports PPV. Scheduled to be a blockbuster, this trilogy’s potential final fight sees a split 60-40 purse with Fury looking around $ 30 million and Wilder taking home at least $ 20 million.

All of this will clearly prove to be 9th in the Top Rank, Frank Warren’s BombZquad promotions, TGB promotions and Queensberry promotions presented a big fight.

Again, check out the Wilder video produced by 512 Media above.

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