It’s official the WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and lineal champ Tyson Fury rematch is set for February 22, 2020 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The Bronze Bomber versus The Gypsy King Part II.
It sounds like a damn monster movie and the rematch between heavyweight world title holder Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) and lineal champion Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs), on February 22nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is fixing to be just as entertaining as one.
The Wilder-Fury sequel is arguably the most anticipated heavyweight rematch in almost a quarter-century since Evander Holyfield fought Mike Tyson back in 1997.
Wilder vs Fury II has ESPN and FOX Sports co-producing and joining forces on the event, which is unprecedented.
You can bet the house that ESPN and FOX Sports will be promoting the hell out of it.
“Having networks like ESPN and Fox come together and create awareness for a fight is really unprecedented,”,Top Rank President Todd DuBoef told Yahoo Sports.
Both fighters have overcome great personal sagas.
Fury has risen from drug abuse, 400-pound obesity and near-suicidal depression, while Wilder, who once waited tables at IHOP, became a professional boxer to support his daughter, who was diagnosed with Spina Bifida as a newborn.
“After February 22nd there will be no more unanswered questions. I will finish what I started, and this time [Fury] will not be getting up off that canvas…”, Deontay Wilder.
“Watch me knock out Deontay Wilder AKA The Big Dosser.”, Tyson Fury.
What will sell this rematch more than anything else is that outstanding fight they had on December 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, which ended in controversy.
Wilder claimed the referee gave Fury a long count, and he should’ve won. Fury claimed a couple judges unfairly gave Wilder too many rounds, and he should’ve won.
However the final mess did finally end – in short, the whole damn thing was astounding and the controversial ending — makes Part II an easy sell now ESPN and FOX Sports.
Start-up professional sports leagues that challenge the establishment is not a new concept.
Their remains can be found everywhere across this country.
BIG3 basketball, not only challenged the establishment, but found its’ place and their organizing team will be welcoming the new decade, clicking champagne glasses.
It’s not every day that a new professional sports league challenges the establishment, and succeeds at it.
Taking into account the BIG3’s changing their venue from FOX Broadcasting Company to CBS Television Network and also their early season dismissal of some malcontent players at the start of their third season, I expected a drop off and the ever so popular Haters to start singing their favorite hit song, “I told you!”.
Like clockwork, they were singing it in every social media platform imaginable.
Then it happened, the BIG3 behind Ice Cube – their fearless ambassador, and its’ organizing body validated their legitimacy in epic fashion in year three, making all the right moves to protect The BIG3 Brand.
I know – my guy, Ice Cube.
Don’t let the smile fool you…Cube eats Adversity for breakfast and he has Skin In The Game.
Ice Cube has done a lot of great things in his career, but starting a sports league has been truly amazing and it has added to his legendary status.
Using his clout and connections to organize a competitive 3-on-3 basketball league and also to be able to maintain it to move in the right direction has been simply incredible.
It will be a cold day in Hell, before anybody gets the better of him, trust me!
“Our philosophy is, first they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they ask for a meeting. Then they beg for a meeting. We’re going through our stages, but we’ll be here when they beg for that meeting.”, Ice Cube.
The NFL, although has yet to admit it publicly, has colluded against him and intentionally misinformed everyone of his reason for peacefully protesting.
Kaepernick kneeled at the start of games during the National Anthem in order to bring awareness of police brutality against members of the African-American community, not because he was being unpatriotic.
The NFL had been previously investigated by the United State government and was found guilty of requesting payments in order to hold armed forces and first responders events during games, the investigation is named Paid-Patriotism.
Even one of their very own sponsors -NIKE, sided with Colin Kaepernick and publicly acknowledged that he was the victim of collusion, and character assassination.
You can essentially say that, there is zero trust between both parties.
That’s why the sudden and spontaneous offer to hold a private workout for Colin Kaepernick after three years did not – frankly!, sounded on the “Up And UP” from the start.
No media member was being granted credentials to the private workout by the NFL, Kaepernick would have to sign a waiver accepting all their terms and the NFL was in charge of controlling all narratives, being photos, video and written scouting reports to be use.
Everyone knew from the very start, that both parties involved were going to try to get the better of each other, only question was how would the finals details run.
I must admit that I did not see this one coming.
As the first signs of trouble appeared, Stephen A. Smith from ESPN-First Take, uploaded a video statement which went viral within minutes speaking on behalf of the NFL and accusing Colin Kaepernick of being maliciously misleading, essentially being a hired Mouth Piece for the league.
Out his numerous rants, this was by far Stephen A. Smith most tasteless because he’s in entitle to his opinion of course, but ignoring the obvious NFL’s attempts to have complete control of all the narratives and not siding with the media community – which he’s member of!, not only being intentionally “Kept Out The Loop” in a censorship matter, well the whole thing reeked of “Selling Out”.
“Stephen A. Smith Tap dancing for the NFL like ⬇️. Damn straight Colin wants to control the narrative! He supposed to trust the organization that blackballed him and has done absolutely nothing in good faith??? Born on Tuesday, just not last Tuesday.”, Eric Reed.
The NFL’s plan was exposed from the beginning, except for the Stephen A. Smith factor, who was obviously commissioned to do their bidding, however in spite accusations and “Finger Pointing” from all sides, it was not a total loss.
It was great news to hear that one of the wide receivers from the workout, Jordan Veasy was signed to the Washington Redskin’s practice squad.
As a sports enthusiast, I’ve been very fortunate to see and experience some great moments in sports history.
One of my favorites is going be honored on December 10th at the Madison Square Garden, in New York City.
The annual Jimmy V Basketball Classic.
Even children, who were not born at the time, have heard or seen videos of this iconic moment in sports history.
The upcoming NCAA Basketball Tournament has turned into such a spectacular show, nowadays covered by endless media platforms and it’s impossible not to be aware of what’s going on during March Madness.
Now it’s my privilege to tell you exactly, how all of it has gotten to this point.
There are numerous coaches and basketball programs in the NCAA Tournament with a lot of more victories and titles, but as far as I am concern the true meaning behind the spirit of March Madness will always belong to Jim Valvano and his 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack.
The Wolfpack had no chance to get in the 1983 NCAA Tournament unless they won the ACC Tournament outright, which would earn North Carolina State an automatic bid to March Madness.
They were a middle of the pack at best, so what happened next, is the stuff which dreams are made of.
Not only did they ACC Tournament, but also within a month’s time, after a magical stretch run, a video clip showing Valvano running up and down the court in disbelief after winning the 1983 NCAA championship and looking for someone to hug, made him the Avatar of March Madness.
Valvano, eventually lost his battle with cancer in 1993, just eight weeks after giving his legendary speech at the ESPY Awards, but not only has Jimmy V remained a March Madness icon, but his fighting spirit has become a symbol of courage and inspiration for many, many others.
The Jimmy V Classic and The V Foundation are testaments to the man’s fighting spirit.
“…Now I’m fighting cancer, everybody knows that. People ask me all the time about how you go through your life and how’s your day, and nothing is changed for me…Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul…Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up!”, Jim Valvano.
May you always rest in peace, Coach…They don’t make ’em like Jimmy V, anymore! (VIDEO)