Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury produced fireworks and high drama in December 2018 when they fought to a controversial split draw.
The consensus of the bout was that Fury totally out-boxed Wilder, but that "The Bronze Bomber" willed the draw with two knockdowns, including a devastating 12th-round knockdown, which the "Gypsy King" miraculously got up from. Now, both heavyweights seek to wrap up their unfinished business when they clash once again — this time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night, live on pay-per-view. Both Wilder's WBC heavyweight world championship and Fury's lineal world title will be on the line.
Plus, the stakes will be even higher, as the winner will put himself in line to face unified world heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua for undisputed glory down the road. Financial stakes are high as well.
“I would be disappointed if the pay-per-view was less than two million buys,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum told BoxingScene.com in an interview back in December. “That’s the goal and estimation. I think it’s doable and PBC [boss Al Haymon] thinks it’s doable, and we’re pulling off all of the stops to reach that number, or exceed it.”
With that kind of interest and output, Wilder and Fury will get paid rather handsomely for what's bound to be another intriguing, memorable heavyweight tilt between the rivals.
That being said, here's a guide to everything you need to know about the Wilder vs. Fury 2 purse, each fighter's net worth and their records entering the bout.
Wilder vs. Fury 2 fight purse, prize money
The State of Nevada Athletic Commission told Sporting News that Wilder and Fury will be earning $5 million apiece for their rematch.
We know from the California State Athletic Commission, stemming from their first fight in Los Angeles, that Wilder had a guaranteed purse of $4 million and Fury $3 million, as reported by FOX Business. So, running it back means substantially more money for each heavyweight star. That's not including profits from pay-per-view sales, which could help boost both fighters' earnings significantly.
What is Deontay Wilder's net worth?
Celebrity Net Worth lists Wilder's net worth as $30 million, but that's not including the additional $3 million purse he earned for his seventh-round KO of Luis Ortiz in their own rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last November. In addition to his $30 million in fight salary/winnings, Wilder has raked in a reported $500,000 in endorsements, according to Forbes.
What is Tyson Fury's net worth?
Not to be outdone, the "Gypsy King" touts a net worth of $40 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. That includes the co-promotional deal Fury signed with Top Rank, and its broadcast partner ESPN, last February. For his second-round TKO of Tom Schwarz in June, Fury earned a cool $1 million, although ESPN reported that he's guaranteed $12.5 million as per his deal with Top Rank/ESPN. He earned a reported $12 million for his fight against Otto Wallin in September under the terms of the same deal, according to USA Today.
Deontay Wilder's career record
The reigning WBC heavyweight champion of the world enters this highly-anticipated rematch standing 42-0-1 with 41 KOs and looking for his 11th consecutive title defense. The dominating 34-year-old Tuscaloosa, Ala. native took a harder path to this rematch than Fury, but made it look easy, nonetheless. After fighting Fury to a split draw, Wilder launched his 2019 with a devastating first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale in May before adding a seventh-round KO of Luis Ortiz in November. That bout had Ortiz dominating Wilder until "The Bronze Bomber" detonated a straight right hand that snapped the Cuban fighter's head back and put him down in a heap. Those performances drove Wilder's knockout ratio to a staggering 97.6 percent. Will he get the KO that evaded him in his first bout against Fury?
Tyson Fury's career record
Since boxing Wilder to a split draw, the lineal world heavyweight champion took a different route to this rematch by fighting a couple of virtually unknown boxers in Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin in 2019. The 31-year-old "Gypsy King" schooled and bullied Schwarz for a second-round TKO in June. He then endured a savage cut above his right eye, but still scored a tough unanimous decision over Otto Wallin in September. Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) will be seeking his 30th pro victory in the rematch against Wilder.