Wilder to face Fury for another rematch in July

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Deontay Wilder exercises his contractual right for a rematch as he meets heavyweight champion Tyson Fury for the third time

REVENGE. Deontay Wilder (left) seeks to bounce back against Tyson Fury. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LOS ANGELES, USA – Tyson Fury and dethroned world champion Deontay Wilder will stage the next leg of their fight trilogy in July at the Las Vegas venue where their rematch took place.

Wilder officially exercised his right to another fight against Fury and the plan is to have it on July 18 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, US media reported on Sunday, March 1. 

“We received a letter from Wilder’s team on Friday night, and we agreed with the networks and the hotel that July 18 was the optimal date,” promoter Bob Arum told the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

“We had a seamless promotion last time with Al Haymon, PBC (Premier Boxing Champions) and Fox. We look forward to working with them again.”

The news comes a little over a week after Fury stopped Wilder in the 7th round of their heavyweight title rematch in Las Vegas.

Despite clamor for a unification fight between Fury and fellow Briton Anthony Joshua, Wilder had been expected to exercise his contractual right for a rematch.

Wilder also said this week that he would keep co-trainer Mark Breland in his corner, despite earlier hints that he was ready to part company with Breland, who threw in the towel in the 7th round of the loss to Fury.

Breland, a former Olympic and world champion, called a halt to the rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena after Wilder had been knocked down twice by Fury.

Fury seized the World Boxing Council heavyweight title from Wilder, 14 months after the two fought to a dramatic split-decision draw in their first meeting in Los Angeles. – Rappler.com