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


Heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder is giving Luis "King Kong" Ortiz another chance.

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.

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

In taking the fight with fellow unbeaten fighter Ortiz, Wilder has accepted what is widely considered his greatest test yet.

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He and Ortiz were initially supposed to fight on that card, but the Cuban was scratched because of a positive drug test. We must fight each other.

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". I blessed you with this opportunity the first time and what did you do? Luis Ortiz you will have your fight, I will bless you again.

Wilder is 39-0 with 38 knockouts, his only fight to reach the distance the bout with Stiverne three years ago, while Ortiz is 28-0 with 24 knockouts, his most recent bout a knockout of American Daniel Martz last month.

Anthony Joshua's heavyweight rival will top the bill at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, making the seventh defence of the coveted WBC title he won back in January 2015.