Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will finally fight again this weekend in their highly anticipated rematch.
If they enter the MGM Grand ring, it will have been 448 days since the controversial December 2018 draw.
The intervening months have been the event to say the least. Both men have fought twice, won twice and had a lot to say about each other. Fury made a restart in WWE's world and just split with his trainer Ben Davison in December.
Here's a review of what's changed and all the drama since the epic first encounter.
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are striving for a controversial draw in their December 2018 bout
December 1, 2018 – Fury and Wilder are fighting for a controversial draw. It's a wonderful heavyweight game and the vast majority believed that Fury should have taken the victory on points despite being beaten twice.
His recovery time in the # 12 was going viral and even Wilder could hardly believe his eyes when & # 39; t the & # 39; Gypsy King & # 39; hit him off the cloth after a brutal combination in & # 39; the final round.
February 18, 2019 – Fury signs a massive £ 80 million deal with ESPN and is co-promoted by Bob Arum and Frank Warren.
The deal sees his profile skyrocket in US, but throws a possible rematch with Wilder in question, given difficult negotiations between the major television networks.
& # 39; I'm still trying to get a body on my plate & # 39;
May 15, 2019 – Wilder doubts his claim that boxing is an outlet to legally kill a man. He was widely criticized for his remarks, but prior to his fight with Dominic Breazeale, said, & # 39; This is the only sport where you & # 39; ll be able to kill a man and be paid for at the same time. It is legal.
& # 39; (Breazeal & # 39; s) life is at & # 39; line for this fight and I mean his life. I'm still trying to get myself a body on my plate. & # 39;
May 18, 2019 – Wilder beat fellow American Breazeale just 43 seconds into her fight in New York.
Victory and achievement are prudent and increase the emphasis for the & # 39; Bronze Bomber & # 39; again to oppose Fury.
June 15, 2019 – Fury has his first fight since the Wilder draw. He dismantles Tom Schwarz and the cloth becomes within six seconds of & # 39; the end of & # 39; the second round.
Fury plays the showman, covers himself in star-spangled shorts from the beginning and, after & # 39; t made Schwarz short work, roars & # 39; God Bless America & # 39 ;.
Then his personal subject comes to his wife, Paris, when he grabs a microphone and sings for her in & # 39; ring: & # 39; I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing. & # 39;
Fury's exit party in Las Vegas was a success and he was a showman in easy win
July 7, 2019 – Fury announces the Wilder rematch before February 22. The fight has not yet been officially confirmed, but his assertion later appears to be legitimate.
August 4, 2019 – Wilder reignites his war of words with Fury, criticizing the level of his opponents: & # 39; See who & # 39; he is fighting. At least fight one that people will come across to see if they will actually know a little bit about.
& # 39; He constantly pulls out these workers & # 39; e night shift and fight them and talk about he the best. & # 39;
& # 39; If I want f ****** bears, I have some & # 39;
September 12, 2019 – Fury makes the extraordinary gift that he consumed four beers on the eve of his first fight with Wilder.
& # 39; I drink beer while at training camp, I had four pints of beer for the Wilder fight – the night before that didn't hurt me? & # 39; he told Seconds Out.
& # 39; I am a man, 30 years, I have been a professional for 11 years, I am married with five children, if I want some f ****** bears, I will have something.
& # 39; If the body craves something – give it. Why depressed yourself just for the sake of fighting? & # 39;
Fury admitted to drinking four pints on the eve of his massive first fight with Wilder
September 14, 2019 – Fury & # 39; s unlimited record comes under threat as terrible cuts to his eyelid and eyebrows threaten to stir up the fight with Otto Wallin.
The shooter manages to get through and eventually the British fighter triumphs against some opposition, and overcomes the injury to win a unanimous points decision.
Fury recovered 47 stitches afterwards, but did not appear to be worried during the fight, writing: & # 39; I live for this s *** & # 39; in & # 39; corner between rounds. & # 39;
There were rumors that his injury would shake up the 22nd date of a relaunch, but Fury made a huge recovery.
The & # 39; Gypsy King & # 39; overcame two terrible cuts to defeat Otto Wallin in a points decision
& # 39; It will be a bloody night for him & # 39;
October 7, 2019 – Wilder responds to Fury & # 39; s injury and says he will use it against his rival & # 39; s rematch.
& # 39; I will absolutely use this cut as a goal, & # 39; he told The Independent. & # 39; And I will definitely open it again.
& # 39; I will make sure I open that one and I will make sure I open a new one too.
& # 39; It will be a bloody night for him & all I can say for him is & # 39; buddy rest up, you will need it, it will be a long and painful night & # 39;. & # 39;
Wilder saw Wallin's fight and promised to reopen the cut when the rematch happens
October 8, 2019 – Wilder says victory at Fury is his destination.
& # 39; D & # 39; will be one champion, one face, one name. He goes by the name of Deontay Wilder, & # 39; told the 33-year-old Sky Sports.
& # 39; If all goes well. It's not just me. But I speak with confidence. I know that all things will come to plan.
& # 39; It is up to other people to complete their tasks, but I believe that if they do, the world will become one of & # 39; the greatest fights of their lives will see.
& # 39; What other man deserved it than me? I am a leader, a king, a ruler. I have power in my tongue. Things come to mind as I speak. & # 39;
October 17, 2019 – The lineal champion enjoys a night out with Floyd Mayweather and Joseph Parker at Jewel nightclub, Las Vegas.
Tyson Fury (left) poses alongside Floyd Mayweather (bottom) and Joseph Parker (third right)
October 25, 2019 – Fury in retirement – & # 39; I don't think I'll have much more fights, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Maybe three more max. That's it. & # 39;
& # 39; He is a loud mouth … there is no intellect & # 39;
October 28, 2019 – Fury attacks Wilder's personality and popularity in his homeland.
& # 39; He writes a & # 39; bomb squad & # 39; a lot and makes like he has a personality, but he really doesn't and there is no depth to him, & # 39; said Fury.
& # 39; I already have more American fans than Wilder. For whatever reason, Wilder is not popular in America and people don't like him.
& # 39; He has no substance. He is a loud mouth.
& # 39; Behind that is no intellect. He comes out with random things that don't make sense. I'm a trash can, but sometimes I have trouble putting together what he's talking about. & # 39;
The American has been defending his WBC heavyweight title twice since he signed with Fury
October 31, 2019 – Four weeks of build-up following Fury's WWE debut against the 6ft 8in Braun Strowman culminate at the Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
There are fears about an injury or delaying his recovery from his cuts against Wallin and promoter Warren acknowledging that he is not impressed by & # 39; e foray to wrestling.
But the boxer raises his profile, takes on a whole new swathe of fans and can count the exercise as a piece of marketing genius.
British heavyweight made a breakthrough to WWE and died in an event in Saudi Arabia
November 6, 2019 – Fury marks Wilder in & # 39; dossier & # 39; and stepping up the war of words.
He says, & # 39; If I was afraid of you, I would not have fought you after & # 39; I was three years out & # 39; had been a ring and struck you in your own country. You had to rob me and give me a sign that I don't know why on earth you think I cared about you.
& # 39; Just get through your fight with Ortiz, do your own thing. Stop using my name for relevance. You should be at 20 percent, but I'll give you an honest share, because I'm an honest man.
& # 39; I ask nothing for this world, I work hard for everything. That's the thing for you Wilder, come on with your own business and I'll see you February 22nd to end with what I started.
& # 39; This time you will be filthy, big bum dossier. End of. & # 39;
November 7, 2019 – The & # 39; Gypsy King & # 39; responds to lethal UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou and post his boxing career in MMA, tweeting: & # 39; I'll deal with you and all other MMA heavyweights when I'm done with my boxing fights, it won't be long! Then I'll show you how & # 39; we roll. & # 39;
November 23, 2019 – Wilder was behind on all three of & # 39; scorecards of & # 39; e judges when he defeated Cuban Luis Ortiz in their rematch.
The Alabama resident was praised in some quarters for taking over what many believed to be a risky rematch, but came through the night to see his brand's & # 39; brand in a devastating way.
Wilder beat Ortiz in their rematch last year with a thunderous shot
December 15, 2019 – Big news breaks out of the Fury camp, announcing a split from close friend and trainer Ben Davison.
Davison masterminded the game plan that Fury outbox Wilder saw in his first fight, but chose the heavyweight for a change just two months before his rematch.
After partnering with SugarHill Steward, he said, & # 39; I went a little stale, repetitively, doing the same things day in, day out for years. I needed a change.
& # 39; We return to the basics. I trained with SugarHill in 2010, we went on like a house on fire.
& # 39; This is unfinished business, but come February 22, this dossier will finally get what's coming to it. & # 39;
Fury decided to split his fight with his trainer Ben Davison (right) two months prior to the fight
& # 39; If it didn't affect him, he wouldn't make any changes & # 39;
February 15, 2020 – Wilder takes Fury & # 39; s changes to mean he's scared and scared by the famous right hand.
He tells the Mail on Sunday: & # 39; What my right hand did to him is certainly in his mind.
& # 39; That's why he changes so many things in his camp. If it didn't affect him and it didn't make sense, he wouldn't make any changes. My own situation is that if it is not broken, do not repair it. That's the term, that's the proverb, that's the sentence we don't use in certain situations.
& # 39; He says he hit me 10 laps to two, but he can't believe that. Why so much of change? It's dramatic change too. This man has gone to the point where he puts his hands in gasoline. It's crazy. There are a lot of things happening. He talks about doing 10 times a day to build testosterone. I knew immediately when & # 39; I heard everything it was because of the game changer in & # 39; the 12th round. & # 39;
Wilder thinks the changes that Fury has made indicate anxiety and panic in the opposition camp
February 16, 2020 – Fury confirms his prediction of an early knockout resume.
& # 39; I have always had this god-given athleticism and mobility, but although this fiercely noisy movement outshines opponents, I do not want only & # 39; miss & # 39; I want & # 39; miss them and & # 39; pay & # 39 ;, he told Sportsmail.
& # 39; This time I will balance and make the day to pay Deontay if he misses, by taking his lips off. & # 39;
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