WBC says Deontay Wilder to defend against Bermane Stiverne after Ortiz failed test
October 5, 2017
Danny Z (117 articles)

WBC says Deontay Wilder to defend against Bermane Stiverne after Ortiz failed test

By Danny Z | Contributing Writer

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BROOKLYN — The World Boxing Council (WBC) recently announced that Deontay Wilder will face Bermane Stiverne after Luis Ortiz lost his shot at the world title after failing a drug test within the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association’s (VADA) administered tests.

Wilder, 31, was scheduled to defend against the undefeated Ortiz, who has been generally considered as one of the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division. However, this was now the second time that Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) has failed a drug test, with the first occurring in 2014.

This will be the second time that Wilder, who is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Stiverne face off following their matchup in January of 2015. Wilder captured his WBC world title in this 2015 fight and has successfully defended it five times in the span of over two years.

Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs), however, hasn’t been in the ring since November of 2015 when he decisioned Derric Rossy. Wilder was last active back in February of this year when he stopped Gerald Washington in his home state of Alabama. Stiverne is ranked the No. 1 mandatory for the WBC world title, but initially was paid a “step-aside” fee in order for Ortiz to get the chance. Stiverne was still going to fight on the undercard of this now cancelled Wilder-Ortiz bout, as he was scheduled to fight Dominic Breazeale of Eastvale, California. But, Stiverne’s rematch came quicker than expected after the news of Ortiz failing the VADA test.

Anthony Joshua defends his multiple world titles just one week before in England, which could indicate possible plans for the winners of each respective fight to meet sometime in 2018. Wilder-Stivern will still take place on November 4, and will emanate from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

(Feature photo: Jon Locher/Associated Press)



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