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Who won the first and second Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder fights?

Tyson Fury will go head-to-head for the third time with Deontay Wilder with the bout set for 24 July, at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

Who won the first and second Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder fights?
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WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury vowed to run Deontay Wilder down while the challenger said blood will be shed as the fighters came face-to-face in an odd press conference ahead of their July 24 trilogy fight in Las Vegas.

This will be the third meeting between both men after their last bout in February 2020 and initial fight which took place in LA's Staples Centre in December 2018.

Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder - Press ConferenceLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: Signage before the press conference for Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live on June 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Meg Oliphant/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

Fury-Wilder I

The first contest pitted undefeated defending WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder against  undefeated challenger and former WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

A crowd of over 17,000 watched on as both fighters concluded 12 rounds with a draw being declared which saw Wilder retain his WBC belt.

Speaking to the media post-fight Wilder stated that he had done enough to win the fight, claiming: "I think with the two knockdowns, I definitely won the fight. We poured our hearts out tonight. We're both warriors, but with those two drops, I think I won the fight. I came out slow".

Fury too was bullish after the event stating: "We're on away soil. I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight. I'm being a total professional here, the world knows I won the fight".

Fury-Wilder II

The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas was the setting for 2020's rematch which registered an impressive 1.2 million pay-per-view purchases alone in the United States. If controversy overshadowed the first fight, there was no debate in Nevada as the bout was stopped in the seventh round after Fury had previous landed Wilder on the canvas on a number of occasions. Fury was also leading with all judges when the fight was stopped.

Wilder was magnanimous in defeat acknowledging that: "the best man won on the night". This stance contrasts with his position speaking last week ahead of the forthcoming fight when Wilder promised: "come July 24, there will be blood shed".