Deontay Wilder will attempt to defend his WBC heavyweight world title for a seventh time when taking on Luis Ortiz on March 3.
Before the first scheduled bout, Ortiz was found to have taken two banned diuretics that are often used as masking agents for steroids. A news conference is in the works for next week when the broadcast outlet should be announced.
The pair of heavyweight giants - Wilder is 6-foot-7 - were originally scheduled to face off on November 4 until Ortiz was pulled from the fight after the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency informed the WBC he tested positive for hlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide in a September using test.
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The Cuban boxer tested positive for a banned substance, however, pushing the fight back until 2018. Ortiz returned to the ring in Miami Dec. 2, knocking out Daniel Martz in the second round. Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) is being billed as his toughest opponent.
When their November fight was canceled, Wilder instead faced late replacement and mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne in a rematch and knocked him out in the first round, fulfilling his promise to take out his anger at Ortiz on Stiverne.
Wilder returns to Barclays Center after recently scoring a sensational first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne on November 4th, last year and previously delivering a highlight reel knockout of Artur Szpilka in January 2016. We must fight each other. "I'm gonna whoop your ass".