Deontay Wilder has been the WBC heavyweight champion since 2015. Ahead of his rematch against Tyson Fury, the American’s boxing record stands at 43 fights, 42 wins (41 by knockout) and one draw.
His sole draw was the outcome of his first meeting with Fury in December 2018.
“The first fight was an amazing fight, it was a very controversial fight,” said Wilder.
“We left people confused about what happened or who won. This is where we come and settle everything. This is judgment day.
“This is the moment where everyone will have a clear conscious after February 22, about who actually won the first fight.
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“This is unfinished business and I’m picking up where I left off.
“I knocked him out the first time, I didn’t get it, but I’m going to knock him out this time again and this time he’s not getting up, that’s for sure. I promise you that. So I’m looking forward to it.”
Wilder and Fury are expected to take to the rind around 5am GMT.
How much is Deontay Wilder worth?
According to Forbes, Wilder’s net worth is estimated at $30.5million.
The 34-year-old reportedly had a guaranteed purse of $4million from his first bout with Fury in 2018.
His purse for the rematch is $5m, according to ESPN.
However, the publication also claims both Wilder and Fury are guaranteed $25m apiece, plus a share of the pay-per-view revenue.
Forbes listed Wilder as No 56 among the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2019.
The WBC champion reportedly earned $3m for his second battle with Luis Ortiz last year.
Wilder is also said to take home $500,000 each year in endorsement deals.
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Deontay Wilder fan predictions
One wrote on Twitter: “Can see Wilder being more patient with his punches, unlike the first time round.
“More likely to reserve that jackhammer right hand for later rounds when Fury tires.
“If Fury goes for the early knockout he could leave himself wide open. Prediction…Wilder wins.”
Another commented: “Wilder to catch Fury early on and win by stoppage inside 3 rounds.”
A third added: “It’s fight night boys. Hopefully this is another early night for the Bronze Bomber. Wilder KO <9.”
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