Wilder-Ortiz, Jacobs, Lipinets Showtime Tripleheader in Play

By Keith Idec

Now that the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz heavyweight title fight is essentially a done deal, has learned Showtime is in the process of finalizing a tripleheader for November 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Showtime’s telecast also is expected to feature former middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs and junior welterweight contender Sergey Lipinets in separate bouts. Opponents haven’t been finalized for Jacobs or Lipinets, but Lipinets will fight an undetermined opponent for the vacant IBF super lightweight championship.

Brooklyn’s Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) will fight for the first time since losing a close, 12-round unanimous decision to middleweight knockout artist Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) in their 160-pound title fight March 18 at Madison Square Garden.


Kazakhstan’s Lipinets (12-0, 10 KOs), the IBF’s mandatory challenger at 140 pounds, will fight for the title Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) gave up after winning it by knocking out Namibia’s Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs) in the third round of their championship unification fight August 19 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Representatives for Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), the WBC heavyweight champion from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the Cuban-born Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs, 2 NC) have been working to finalizing their agreement for two months (

They have moved forward now that Bermane Stiverne has agreed to a step-aside fee for allowing Wilder-Ortiz to happen without the former WBC heavyweight champion receiving the mandatory title shot he is due. Wilder won the title by beating Stiverne rather convincingly in January 2015 and Wilder has expressed about as much interest in boxing Stiverne again as television executives have shown in broadcasting their rematch.

The often-criticized Wilder feels he’ll earn much more respect for facing Ortiz than for fighting Stiverne again.

The Haitian-born, Quebec-based Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) has agreed to box American heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs) on the Wilder-Ortiz undercard. The Stiverne-Breazeale bout will be broadcast by Showtime Extreme.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by yankees7448 on 09-20-2017

[QUOTE=j.razor;18072059]Dude, your boy lost two fights in a row, Jacobs & Nelo.[/QUOTE] Dude. My boy was in two close fights in a row.

Comment by j.razor on 09-20-2017

[QUOTE=Sledgeweather17;18042148]Dawg we both know that unifications trump mandatories, and the wbc is very liberal when enforcing their rules, and also likely GGG wants to duck Charlo because for all the "I'm a fighter, not a businessman" bullcrap he's been making…

Comment by j.razor on 09-20-2017

[QUOTE=yankees7448;18041656]Not since GGG beat him. You can't be a boogey man if you back up all night and get dropped.[/QUOTE] Dude, your boy lost two fights in a row, Jacobs & Nelo.

Comment by vitali1999 on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=Ake-Dawg;18044703]What will you say if Wilder wins? That's the question I'm asking.[/QUOTE] I will say my god he can actually beat somebody that isn't a bum. But will never beat Joshua

Comment by Kigali on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;18044848]LOL, on the last page you said Ortiz "couldn't knock out a bum", "his legs are gone" and "hes old", who needs to discredit the win when Wilders fans do it for themselves[/QUOTE] I've been saying that long before…

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