Deontay Wilder to fight Luis Ortiz in March

Deontay Wilder to fight Luis Ortiz in March

No boxer has simultaneously held the WBC, IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight belts, and Wilder is a future target for Joshua.

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.

An opening round knockout win over the Canadian extended his professional record to 39-0 and he will be taking on another unbeaten fighter in the Cuban. The card, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, will be produced by Showtime and could end up airing on CBS.


November's original fight was postponed after Ortiz failed a drug test.

"We are thrilled to welcome the heavyweight champ back to Barclays Center for his second-consecutive fight after a big first round knockout of Bermane Stiverne in our ring last November", said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment.

America's only reigning heavyweight champion will look to put on another unforgettable performance when he faces his toughest opponent to date in Ortiz. "This is a new day for you", Wilder told Ortiz in the ring that night. But the WBC ruled in December that he acted in good faith and proved his innocence. "I'm gonna whoop your ass".

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