Wilder, Ortiz fight rescheduled

Deontay Wilder

Four months after being pulled from his heavyweight title bout against Deontay Wilder for failing a drug test, fellow unbeaten Luis Ortiz will get a second chance at the WBC championship. The card, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, will be produced by Showtime and could end up airing on CBS. The failed test could've been avoided had Ortiz advised VADA he was taking it.

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 Cuban, 38, tested positive for banned substances in a drugs test. So for the best to prove they're the best, the best must fight each other.

Following his suspension, Ortiz was back in the ring on December 8 and needed just two rounds to defeat Daniel Martz. Be ready, I don't want no excuses.


"I'm always a man of my word".

Britain's Anthony Joshua, who holds the IBF and WBA world heavyweight belts, is in talks with WBO champion Joseph Parker of New Zealand over a potential fight at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on 31 March.

The bout will mark Wider's third appearance at the Barclay's Center following his previous bout with Bermane Stiverne on November 4th past year, securing a brutal first round knockout against his handpicked mandatory challenger following the then provisional suspension of Ortiz.

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