The match between these two undefeated boxing warriors ended in a controversial split draw on December 1, 2018, and no news of rematch was announced. But after a year, the combat between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is happening on February 22nd at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Nevada. Yesterday, both the fighters met at the final press conference and got physical while facing off. And considering this, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has barred weigh-in face-off.
The last and the final conference of Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 was full drama. Both the fighters engaged in a verbal war at the end of the event and things heated up when Wilder pushed Fury and then Fury did the same to him. Soon the security got on the stage to calm the situation.
Lineal ESPN boxing writer & television commentator Dan Rafael tweeted “Breaking: The Nevada State Athletic Commission has banned Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury from engaging in a face-off after the weigh-in for their heavyweight championship rematch on Friday afternoon”
According to the NSAC executive director, Bob Bennett “The reason the decision was made, on behalf of the commission, is because the press conference spoke for itself,” as reported by ESPN. “The actions of the two fighters pushing each other, which was not staged, is not indicative of the image of our sport as a major league sport, thus having a faceoff is not in the best interest in the health and safety of the fighters, the public, and the event,” Bennett added.
Bob Arum from Top Rank who is a promoter of Fury said he found no problem in this decision of the commission. He added no controversy should arise at the weigh-in face-off that could harm the marketing of the event. Co-promoter of Tyson, Frank Warren showed his unhappiness with this situation as he thinks there was a lack of security while their face-off at the press conference. Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 weigh-in will be held at 6 in the evening of the Friday in Las Vegas.
Many combat sports express their views about NAC’s decision. Former UFC champ in two divisions, who have had amazing face-offs in his career and known for his verbal fighting, was quick to respond. He took Twitter to tell “Guys, please relax here. Vegas commission, you are one of thee best commissions, bar none, for impeccably handling events of unpredictability. Place men between the men. Security on stage. Let them get one last look at each other. The last look before it’s really fu**ing on.”
The rematch of both undefeated professional fighters has been scheduled this Saturday and the show will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET. The unfinished business between reigning WBC champion Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) and undefeated former unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal champion Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs), for the WBC and vacant The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles.