Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz in Works for 11/4 at Barclays Center

By Keith Idec

Multiple sources have informed BoxingScene.com that Deontay Wilder’s next WBC heavyweight title defense will come against Luis Ortiz.

Negotiations are nearly finalized for Wilder to oppose Ortiz on November 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It is possible that the fight will take place October 14 at Barclays Center, but it is more likely to be scheduled for November 4.

Barclays Center has been reserved for those two dates by promoter Lou DiBella, whose company, DiBella Entertainment, has promoted Wilder’s recent fights on behalf of Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions.

wilder-ortiz

Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) has a mandatory defense due against Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs), from whom Wilder won the WBC title in January 2015. Though the top-rated Stiverne is the only opponent Wilder hasn’t knocked out since he turned pro in November 2008, Wilder won their first fight convincingly and network executives haven’t expressed much interest in televising a rematch of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native’s 12-round, unanimous-decision win in Las Vegas.

Wilder-Ortiz likely will be broadcast by Showtime.

Haymon and Don King, Stiverne’s promoter, have been negotiating a step-aside agreement that would pay the Haitian-born, Quebec-based Stiverne a fee for allowing Wilder to defend his title against Ortiz, who’s ranked No. 3 by the WBC.

The 38-year-old Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs, 2 NC) has been one of various heavyweight contenders calling out Wilder since Wilder stopped late replacement Gerald Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs) in the fifth round of their February 25 fight in Birmingham, Alabama. The Cuban contender would, at least on paper, represent the toughest test of Wilder’s title reign, during which the polarizing knockout artist has been criticized by fans and media for defeating five overmatched opponents.

Wilder, who couldn’t be reached for comment, alluded to a surprising pick for his next opponent in a video he released through his Instagram account early Tuesday morning.

“Shout out to all my heavy supporters,” Wilder said, “my Day Ones, my foot soldiers, and my hitters and my haters. Well, it’s only a matter of time, baby. I know y’all been waiting patiently, at least some of y’all. The time is almost up. Who will be that victim, No. 39? See, the thing about it [is], be careful what you ask for, because sometimes you might get it. Announcement soon.”

Wilder, 31, has been adamant about not facing fighters who’ve been linked to performance-enhancing drugs.

His May 2016 fight in Moscow against Russia’s Alexander Povetkin was canceled due to Povetkin’s positive PED test. Eight months later, Poland’s Andrzej Wawrzyk, the opponent Washington replaced late in January, tested positive for a PED.

The 6-feet-4, 240-pound Ortiz was stripped of the WBA’s interim heavyweight title in February 2015 because the powerful southpaw tested positive for an anabolic steroid during a test administered prior to his first-round knockout of Lateef Kayode in September 2014.

The 6-feet-7, 225-pound Wilder had said he wouldn’t fight Ortiz because of his previous PED use, but apparently changed his mind. Ortiz, who signed a managerial agreement with Haymon three months ago, must participate in the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program in order to receive a shot at its heavyweight title.

According to information released by the WBC on Monday night, Ortiz has not been tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) thus far in 2017. Wilder is enrolled in the program and has tested negative for PEDs.

Stiverne has tested negative for PEDs in 2017, yet also missed a test, according to the WBC’s list.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jaded on 07-20-2017

I didn't feel like reading through 22 pages of this...can somebody tell me if this is still a possibility or not?

Comment by MaksBox on 07-20-2017

I pray this fight gets made as it would be a net positive for both guys. In either case, this CAN be a PPV fight and would be a win for Haymon in either case. It would also be a…

Comment by Sweet_Science2 on 07-19-2017

[QUOTE=NahMean;17873496]You've lost your account.. You put it up on a bet and I told you the fight wasn't official but you guaranteed it was happening.. Now Ortiz is saying that Wilder is just using his name so the fight doesn’t…

Comment by theface07 on 07-19-2017

212 posts? You people never shut the hell up do you?

Comment by Digital Mouth on 07-19-2017

I can't see Stiverne accepting the step aside money. He's already made this loud and clear.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (216)
Top Headlines Hughie Fury Vows To Stop Parker After Canelo-Golovkin Scoring Conor Benn Pumped To Return on Crolla vs. Burns Card Ingle Very Pleased With Billy Joe Saunders' Win Over Monroe Lolenga Mock Gets New Foe, Manny Siaca Forced To Withdraw Sanchez on Canelo: I Thought He Don't F*** Around? He Ran! Donaire Had Flashbacks Over Canelo-Golovkin Scoring By Byrd Jesse Hart: I've Been Waiting Patiently To Become a Superstar Mario Barrios Stops Naim Nelson in Seven Rounds Golovkin's Promoter: Dallas Should Be Frontrunner For Rematch Miguel Cotto Exec: Canelo-GGG Outcome Does Not Alter Plans Photos: Oscar Vadez Putting in Work For Genesis Servania Bout Canelo's Manager Not Sure if Golovkin Rematch Happens in May Photos: Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart - Open Workouts Photos: Leo Santa Cruz Putting in Work For Chris Avalos Fight News: Nate Green, Seldin-Garrido Undercard, FightNight Live Nelson: Wilder Can Change Perception With Big Win Over Ortiz Arum: Golovkin Won Easy; What Were Byrd and Trella Watching?! Photos: Rio Ferdinand Holds Presser To Announce Boxing Career Canelo-Golovkin: Golden Boy Prefers To Do Immediate Rematch Gary Corcoran Hopes Jeff Horn Title Fight is Finalized Soon Parker vs. Fury - Terry O'Connor Replaced As Referee WBC Prez: Golovkin Went Forward All Night, Dominated Action! Haye vs. Bellew Rematch - Deal Getting Close For December 17 Carl Frampton on Inking Deal With MTK, Targeting Big Names Hughie Fury: Parker Is Obviously Overlooking Me, Eyeing Joshua GGG's Promoter: Judge Who Scored Draw Must Also Take Blame! Joshua: Parker Quite Strong, Could Stop Hughie Fury Late Golovkin Promoter Not Sure if Cotto Would Fight GGG in December Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo vs. Golovkin Post-Fight Mania Frank Warren Discusses Canelo-Golovkin Outcome, Scoring Euro News: Filip Hrgovic, Tom Schwarz, Denis Radovan, More Warrington vs. Ceylan: Jack Massey Added To The Card George Foreman: I'm Shocked McGregor Hit Mayweather Like That Hopkins: Golovkin on The Decline, He Didn't Get Better! Kevin Lerena To Return in February, First Defense at Home Dmitry Kudryashov Only Focused on The Ring, Not World News Canelo-Golovkin Controversial draw shocks fans and gamblers Arum: This is What They Get For Letting Byrd Do Canelo-Golovkin! Gennady Golovkin's Promoter on The Canelo Rematch Clause Rohan Murdock Aiming For a Knockout Victory on October 14
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement