Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Wilder set to defend against Ortiz

Wilder set to defend against Ortiz

Deontay Wilder punches Artur Szpilka during their WBC Heavyweight Championship bout.

Before the first scheduled bout, Ortiz was found to have taken two banned diuretics that are often used as masking agents for steroids. The card, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, will be produced by Showtime and could end up airing on CBS.

The pair of heavyweight giants - Wilder is 6-foot-7 - were originally scheduled to face off on November 4 until Ortiz was pulled from the fight after the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency informed the WBC he tested positive for hlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide in a September using test.

The American has been tipped to fight Anthony Joshua at some point in 2018 but will first take on mandatory challenger Ortiz at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn.


He will be making the sixth defence of his title on March 3 having in November stopped Bermane Stiverne, when a match-up with Ortiz was cancelled after the 38-year-old Cuban tested positive for banned substances in a drugs test.

Wilder entered the ring and said: "I think you're one of the best and I want to prove I'm one of the best". So I'm going to bless you again with a second opportunity.

Wilder-Ortiz is a long-awaited matchup of undefeated, consensus top-five fighters facing off in the resurgent heavyweight division and marks Wilder's third appearance at Barclays Center.

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