REPORT: Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz to battle for WBC world title
September 12, 2017
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REPORT: Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz to battle for WBC world title


By Danny Z | Contributing Writer

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Realizing it could be some time before a mega bout with IBF and WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua could be made, WBC world title holder, Deontay Wilder, will reportedly face Luis Ortiz in what is a battle between two of the top fighters in the division.

The news was first reported by Yahoo sports and adds that the event will be held on November 4, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Wilder, who has held the [WBC] world title since January of 2015, is undefeated through his 38 professional fights and maintains 37 knockouts. Ortiz, 38, also hasn’t suffered defeat in his 27 professional fights and will fight for the WBC world title for the first time in his career.

    Photo: Will Hart/HBO

Ortiz is currently signed with Al Haymon after previously being with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions before that. The Cuban fighter bought out his contract with Golden Boy last year, as he reportedly grew frustrated with not being able to land bigger fights. Ortiz fought two bouts under Matchroom before signing with Al Haymon earlier this year. The fighter nicknamed “King Kong” has the opportunity to shift the landscape of the heavyweight division with a possible victory over the 31-year-old Wilder.

Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) was last in the ring in February of this year in a TKO showing over Gerald Washington in his [Wilder’s] native state of Alabama. Not long after Wilder’s most recent win, the news broke that Ortiz had signed on with Haymon and rumors began of a possible clash between both fighters. Wilder has not found himself across the ring from an opponent who can produce the “big fight feel” like Joshua experienced with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium. Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) is arguably the second biggest draw in the sport behind Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, as he has sold out Wembley Stadium [with Klitschko] and has now reportedly sold over 60,000 tickets at Principality Stadium for his upcoming bout against Kubrat Pulev on October 28.

Both events (Wilder-Ortiz and Joshua-Pulev) are only one week apart, and will essentially line up perfectly in terms of each of the winners facing each other in the subsequent fight. As of this writing, the major world titles are spread out over three fighters: Joshua, Wilder and Joseph Parker (WBO world title).


(Feature photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME)

Danny Z is a contributing writer/reporter for Supreme Boxing and can be followed @DannyZ_Boxing on Twitter

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