Deontay Wilder to defend world title against Luis Ortiz

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U.S. heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder.

DEONTAY WILDER WILL defend his WBC World heavyweight title against Luis Ortiz at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on 3 March.

Before the first scheduled bout, Ortiz was found to have taken two banned diuretics that are often used as masking agents for steroids.

"It's one of the toughest fights you could make for Deontay Wilder and it's certainly a challenge for him", promoter Lou DiBella, who will put on the fight, told ESPN. The card, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, will be produced by Showtime and could end up airing on CBS. A news conference is in the works for next week when the broadcast outlet should be announced.

Luis Ortiz
Deontay Wilder to defend world title against Luis Ortiz

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. The failed test could've been avoided had Ortiz advised VADA he was taking it.

Ortiz returned on December 8 for a second-round knockout of Daniel Martz in a tune-up fight and then went nose to nose with Wilder, who was at the fight, in the ring afterward.

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. So for the best to prove they're the best, the best must fight each other.

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