Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz Official For March 3rd, Barclays Center


Deontay Wilder will attempt to defend his WBC heavyweight world title for a seventh time when taking on Luis Ortiz on March 3.

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.

Showtime will produce the event and will televise it either on Showtime or on sister network CBS.

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He will be making the sixth defence of his title 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. It was Ortiz's second failed drug test in three years. Ortiz, meanwhile, took a last-minute return bout on December 8 and finished an overmatched Daniel Martz with one punch. Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) is being billed as his toughest opponent.

"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 a year ago when he failed a drugs test and was replaced by Bermane Stiverne.

Wilder returns to Barclays Center after recently scoring a sensational first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne on November 4th, last year and previously delivering a highlight reel knockout of Artur Szpilka in January 2016. "This is a new day for you", Wilder told Ortiz in the ring that night. We must fight each other. You will have your fight. "I'm gonna whoop your ass".