Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury: The ultimate boxing showmen

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury

Not only are Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder two of the best heavyweight boxers of their generation, they are arguably the most entertaining.

While Fury's counter-punching style and Wilder's knockout power contrast inside the ring, their big personalities share key similarities outside of it.

Whether it's wrestling, duetting with pop stars or opening restaurants, Fury and Wilder are never far from the headlines.

Before their much-anticipated rematch in Las Vegas on Saturday, we look at why the two heavyweights are the ultimate boxing showmen.

Their first fight was like a Hollywood movie

There's one moment that transcended every other in Fury and Wilder's thrilling first fight, 14 months ago in Los Angeles.

It came in round 12, when the American unleashed a signature combination which brutally dropped Fury, leaving him flat out on the canvas.

Deontay Wilder knocking down Tyson Fury
Wilder floored Fury with a savage combo in the 12th round of their heavyweight fight

Everyone watching was certain the fight was over.

Wilder was celebrating, Fury was motionless and the crowd were raucous.

Then came the movie-like scene.

With the 10 count nearing, the Gypsy King suddenly sat up and clambered to his feet, leaving a look of astonishment on the face of WBC champion Wilder.

Like a zombie rising from a grave, it led to comparisons with WWE superstar the Undertaker...

This was only the beginning of Tyson Fury's affiliation with the WWE...

The 'showdown in Saudi'

What does Tyson Fury have in common with both Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather?

Apart from them all being boxers, all three have made appearances in the WWE.

However, in a business which requires as much charisma as it does athletic ability, no boxer has looked as comfortable wrestling as the Gypsy King.

After appearing in a number of WWE shows throughout October, it emerged Fury had signed a contract to face the 6ft 8in Braun Strowman at the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.

And he didn't disappoint...

Braun Strowman squaring up to Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury appeared at a number of WWE shows throughout October before facing Braun Strowman at the Crown Jewell event in Saudi Arabia
Tyson Fury wearing an Arabian thobe
Tyson Fury wore an Arab thobe during his ringwalk - much to the delight of the Saudi Arabian crowd
Tyson Fury and Braun Strowman
He used his boxing skills to secure the 'win' over WWE superstar Braun Strowman

Fury loves a singalong

The greatest singers are also the best entertainers.

Beyonce, Freddie Mercury, Lady Gaga... Tyson Fury?

So the Gypsy King might be a bit out of place there, but his enthusiasm for a singalong can't be doubted.

Remember when he sang Sweet Caroline before his fight against Francesco Pianeta in 2018?

In full voice - Tyson Fury gets in tune for Francesco Pianeta fight

Or how about his rendition of American Pie following the draw with Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas?

Wilder v Fury: Tyson Fury sings 'American Pie' in news conference

And don't forget his duet with pop star Robbie Williams at Christmas, where Fury provided guest vocals for the song 'Bad Sharon'.

How on earth did Tyson Fury end up singing a duet with Robbie Williams?

Both boxers have wild wardrobes

The Gypsy King's Arabian garbs in the WWE offered only a glimpse into his eccentric clothes collection - a trait he shares with opponent Wilder.

There's that time he wore an American-themed outfit before his fight against Tom Schwarz last year in Las Vegas.

Tyson Fury in an American-themed costume

And also the time he dressed up as Batman for a pre-fight press conference with former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Boxer Fury's bizarre Batman entrance

American Wilder is no stranger himself to a new look...

He wore this Game of Thrones-esque crown for his rematch with Luis Ortiz in 2019...

Deontay Wilder wearing a Game of Thrones-esque mask

And donned this scary-looking mask for a bout the year before against the same opponent.

Deontay Wilder is a mask before his first fight against Luis Ortiz

Wilder's Bomb Squad

Speaking of scary, Wilder is known for shouting his favourite catchphrase 'Bomb Squad' at people when they least expect it...

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury: 40 seconds of 'Bronze Bomber' shouting at you

The Bronze Bomber has one of the most powerful punches in boxing and has 41 knockout victories from 43 fights.

He showcased this shock value in 2018 when he punched a Sombrero-wearing mascot live on an American TV show.

Although American broadcaster ESPN said no injury had been caused, Wilder still offered the following apology on his Instagram:external-link

"I sincerely apologise to the brave man that was injured [if this is true]. I have the utmost respect for him, his participation, willingness and courage," said Wilder.

Deontay Wilder punching a mascot on a live American TV show.
Wilder punched a mascot on a live American TV show

Then there's the time Wilder unexpectedly appeared in Batley, West Yorkshire for the opening of a restaurant.

In what was described as "surreal scenes" by local MP Tracy Brabin, hundreds of men, women and children queued outside the venue hoping to catch a glimpse of the heavyweight champion.

That time Wilder opened a restaurant in West Yorkshire...

Who knows what will happen when boxing's ultimate showmen meet inside the ring for the second time in Las Vegas on Saturday...