Former heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder has exercised his rematch clause to get another crack at lineal champion Tyson Fury.
The third fight between the behemoths is slated for July 18, Fury’s co-promoter and Top Rank chairman Bob Arum told Dan Rafael of ESPN on Sunday. Like February’s fight, the rematch will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“We realized that date was the favorite of both ESPN and FOX because it comes at a dead time in sports, which is good for the fight,” Arum said. “It’s after the basketball playoffs, baseball is in the middle of the season, and there’s no football. It’s the ideal time. The hotel, MGM Grand, also believes it to be an ideal time.”
Fury largely dominated Wilder over seven rounds on Feb. 22, knocking him down twice before eventually claiming victory when Wilder’s co-trainer, Mark Breland, threw in the towel.
Their December 2018 contest finished as a split draw. It was agreed prior to the second bout that the loser would have the option of setting up an immediate rematch.
Wilder, 34, is now 42-1-1 after losing to the 31-year-old Fury, who remains undefeated at 30-0-1.