It’s the rematch the world has been waiting for. On Saturday night (Sunday morning SA time), at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the score will finally be settled as Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury go to war in a WBC heavyweight championship showdown for the ages to determine who is the greatest of their generation, writes Quintin van Jaarsveld.
Atop the fabled heavyweight division, there’s unfinished business. After their legendary first battle inside the Staples Center ended in a controversial split-decision draw in December 2018, reigning and defending WBC champion Wilder and lineal kingpin Fury return to the fight capital of the world to resume hostilities.
This time, both prolific pugilists are powered by an added sense of urgency, fuelled by a stoked inner fire to finish the fight – to take the judges out of the equation and leave no doubt as to who is the very best heavyweight on the planet.
Both stylistically and in terms of historical significance, Saturday’s blockbuster is the modern-day equivalent of the legendary Rumble in the Jungle back in 1974, when Muhammad Ali famously stopped the unbeaten George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire to reclaim the title.
It’s the most anticipated heavyweight bout since Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson threw down in Tennessee in 2002. This isn’t your typical hype talk. It’s legit. It’s as big as it gets. Two undefeated phenoms going mano-a-mano – in their primes – in a battle for legacy.