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Wilder-Fury 2 starts from the infamous 12th round

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Wilder-Fury 2 starts from the infamous 12th round

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Wilder-Fury 2 starts from the infamous 12th round

For Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, One of the biggest talking points about the upcoming heavyweight rematch is the fact this bout picks up where the 12th round of their controversial draw back in December 2018 left off.

During the heated final press conference on Wednesday, one of the few moments that didn’t cause any conflict was the question asked by moderator Joe Tessitore about the last round of their first fight. In that round, Wilder hit Fury with a left that sent him down for the second time in the match. Fury, showing his toughness, somehow was able to beat the count from referee Jack Reiss to continue leading to the final bell.

“Round 12 has been in his mind since day one, that’s why he ran away from the rematch,” Wilder said in the final press conference Wednesday. In the back of Fury’s mind, he will think about how I gave him a concussion and how he had no idea how he even got on the ground. So, I do believe that round is in his head, and if he says otherwise, he is lying.”

The running away that Wilder is talking about is: what took this rematch so long to take place? This bout was originally slated for the early part of last year and instead, was stalled as Fury signed with the Top Rank and took on instead Tom Schwarz.

“The 12th round of our first fight was a good round, and credit to Wilder, he got me with two of the best punches I have ever seen thrown in a 12 round heavyweight fight,” Fury said at the press conference talking about the round.

Get a full preview of the fight, including Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas with us, on the Big Fight Weekend podcast here:

As we have seen, that has become very famous, the ole’ knockdown of the Gypsy King was very active online and all over the world. But the thing Wilder must be thinking is, I hit that guy with my hardest punch in round 12, and he got up. What do I have to do to keep him down?”

We’ll find out Saturday night, which can pick up where the 12th round that started this rematch left off.

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Marquis Johns is a unknown humorist and avid boxing fan. His love for the sweet science goes back to when matches were 15 rounds and has been covering fights since closed-circuit pay-per-views. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth is not only a quote by Mike Tyson, it's also a pretty good reminder to keep your guard up.

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