Wilder to face Fury for another rematch in July

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 22:  Deontay Wilder punches Tyson Fury during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder's WBC and Fury's lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Deontay Wilder (r) and Tyson Fury. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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 plan is to have it on July 18 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, US media reported Sunday night.

"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 Britain's Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their heavyweight title rematch in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury holds his belts after going 7 rounds with Deontay Wilder at the MGM Grand Hotel February 22, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas NV. Tyson Fury took the win by win TKO in the 7th round as the towel was thrown in from Wilder's corner for the world heavyweight championship in Las Vegas, Nevada.   (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)
Tyson Fury holds his belts after beating Deontay Wilder. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

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 seventh 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.