WBC world heavyweight champion Deonay Wilder will finally defend his world title against Luis Ortiz on March the 3rd, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. He and Ortiz were initially supposed to fight on that card, but the Cuban was scratched because of a positive drug test.
Wilder, Ortiz fight rescheduled
Ortiz will be hoping to put behind a turbulent few months behind and get the wheels in motion back in his career with a title opportunity against Wilder.
Wilder returns to Barclays Center after recently scoring a sensational first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne on November 4th, a year ago and previously delivering a highlight reel knockout of Artur Szpilka in January 2016. Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) is being billed as his toughest opponent.
Banned diuretics chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide were detected, but he avoided a ban when the WBC found he took them for high blood pressure and fined him £18,497 for failing to disclose he had taken them.
No boxer has simultaneously held the WBC, IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight belts, and Wilder is a future target for Joshua.