The date and venue for the trilogy between newly crowned WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has been fixed for July 18 in Las Vegas, USA.
Former WBC champion Wilder exercised his right to a rematch over the weekend following his seventh-round defeat by Fury nine days ago.
And both heavyweights are set to return to the MGM Grand for what will likely be the final part of their intriguing rivalry.
The pair fought to a controversial draw in 2018 before Fury dropped Wilder twice in the return before the American’s corner threw in the towel.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren had hoped to skip a rematch by offering Wilder a step-aside fee, but he is determined to regain his world title back.
That means a clash between Fury and fellow belt-holder Anthony Joshua must wait until at least the end of the year.
And confirming Wilder’s decision to trigger the rematch clause, Fury’s American representative Bob Arum said: “Now we will sit down and go through all the details for the fight.
“We realised that date [July 18] was the favourite of both ESPN and Fox because it comes at a dead time in sports, which is good for the fight.
“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.”
Since his defeat, Wilder has blamed his 40lb ring walk costume for weakening his legs, while throwing coach Mark Breland under the bus for throwing in the towel.
He has since performed a u-turn and welcome the former world champion back into his team.
Wilder said: “I just want to let you know that I am here. Your king is here and we ain’t going nowhere, for the war has just begun.
“I will rise again. I am strong. I am a king – you can’t take my pride. I am a warrior.
“I am a king that will never give up. I am a king that will fight to the death.
“And if anyone don’t understand that, don’t understand what it is to go to war, don’t understand what it is to fight.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.