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Deontay Wilder to defend title against Luis Ortiz in March

13 January 2018

Wilder-Ortiz is a long-awaited matchup of undefeated, consensus top-five fighters facing off in the resurgent heavyweight division and marks Wilder's third appearance at Barclays Center.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

The victor of the contest could very well land themselves an opportunity against the victor of Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker in a contest for all the belts available in the heavyweight division, with the proposed clash anticipated set for the March 31st in Cardiff.

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I don't make a decision if he is ready for that. "Yesterday [Thursday], he was in Barcelona with Dr Cugat", said Guardiola. Arguably the most improved player of the season so far has been Raheem Sterling .

Deontay Wilder to defend title against Luis Ortiz in March