Tyson Fury's trilogy rematch against Deontay Wilder has been confirmed for July 24 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, to be broadcast on pay-pre-view.
After being brought back to the ring for a third match after an abritration ruling went in Wilder's favour, Fury said: “For the last 18 months, I’ve been living rent free in Wilder’s head. He got smashed to pieces in our last fight, and for some reason, he wants it again. Let’s go. The Big Dosser is getting knocked spark out.”
Wilder meanwhile claimed, “Nothing has changed. It’s still one face, one name, one champion – Deontay Wilder. I’m in the best shape of my life. July 24, I’m going to show the people why I’m still the baddest man on the planet.''
Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), from Manchester, England, has held the lineal heavyweight crown since dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015. He was forced to step back from boxing when he dealt with doping controversies as well as mental health problems, but two fights against the Bronze Bomber confirmed him as a credible threat to the rest of the division. In December 2018 he drew with Wilder despite being sent to the canvas in the 12th round, and their February 2020 rematch saw Fury dominate and win via stoppage.
Fury had until recently been expected to fight Anthony Joshua this August in Saudi Arabia to decide the title of undisputed world heavyweight, but he is now taking on Wilder for the third time.
Wilder (42-1, 41 KOs) won the heavyweight title in January 2015, with 10 successive title defences, with nine of them coming via knockout.