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Deontay Wilder to defend title against Luis Ortiz in March

Deontay Wilder to defend title against Luis Ortiz in March”

USA heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder. The card, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, will be produced by Showtime and could end up airing on CBS.

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

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

Wilder's title bout will be staged March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the same venue where Wilder stopped Canada's Bermane Stiverne in the first round last November in the sixth defense of the crown he took from Stiverne in 2015, his three-year reign the longest in the division. Ortiz, meanwhile, took a last-minute return bout on December 8 and finished an overmatched Daniel Martz with one punch.

Luis Ortiz

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".

Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs), 32, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has been extremely outspoken about the need to rid boxing of fighters caught using performance-enhancing drugs.

"Stay by the phone baby, I've been wanting to", Wilder told Ortiz after the fight.

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.



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