Deontay Wilder to defend world title against Luis Ortiz

Deontay Wilder to defend world title against Luis Ortiz

The American, a long-term target of IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua, has, in Ortiz, accepted what is widely considered his greatest test yet.

The fight will come nearly four months to the day that they were first supposed to meet - November 4, also at Barclays Center - but Ortiz was dropped from the fight after he tested positive for two banned diuretics. The card, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, will be produced by Showtime and could end up airing on CBS.

The Cuban boxer tested positive for a banned substance, however, pushing the fight back until 2018.

"The Bronze Bomber" will instead face Ortiz (28-0, 24KOs), who botched his initial shot at Wilder and the green strap on 4 November of previous year when he failed a drugs test and was replaced by Bermane Stiverne. But the WBC ruled in December that he acted in good faith and proved his innocence. Ortiz returned to the ring in Miami Dec. 2, knocking out Daniel Martz in the second round.

Luis Ortiz
Deontay Wilder to defend world title against Luis Ortiz

After Ortiz's victory, Wilder entered the ring and faced off with him in a colorful exchange that was captured on the FS1 telecast. So I'm going to bless you again with a second opportunity. "But this time no excuses".

This will be Wilder's seventh title defense.

Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs), 32, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has been extremely outspoken about the need to rid boxing of fighters caught using performance-enhancing drugs.

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