Luis Ortiz To Deontay Wilder: I'm Ready To Fight You on Feb. 25!

By Ryan Burton

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is still looking for a new opponent after Andrzej Wawrzyk failed a drug test by coming up positive for a performance enhancer.

Wawrzyk was supposed to challenge Wilder on February 25 at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama in a bout televised on free-to-air Fox. Promoter Lou DiBella told's Keith Idec that he is actively looking for a replacement.

If Wilder wants a tough challenge in his first fight back after surgery on his right hand and right biceps, he doesn't have to look far.

"Tell Wilder, 'hey I'm here, I'll take the February 25 fight. Let me know and stop wasting the fans' time with these fights'," Luis Ortiz (27-0) told 


As far as what is next for Ortiz, Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (18-0-1) has been mentioned as a possible opponent for a spring show down.

With the likelihood of a fight against Wilder on short notice very remote, Ortiz said he would have no problem facing Miller.

"As far as Miller, we still don't know what's happening. I am ready and eager to fight Baby Miller. I will take care of business like always and will take the baby a box of Pampers for his fatal mistake of facing me but we are still waiting for an answer," Miller explained.

Last year Luis Ortiz and his managerial team bought out his contract from his co-promoter Golden Boy Promotions.  After the buyout, Ortiz fought in November and December on two cards promoted by Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sport.

Ortiz is expecting to have a more definitive answer about his next fight by the end of the week.

"We know Dade Promotions never reached an official deal with Eddie and has a one fight at a time deal. However, we have faith in Eddie Hearn and we think he will come through like he has in the past," said Ortiz.

"Dade Promotions still holds King Kong's full promotional rights and I hope to have an answer by Friday from Eddie Hearn."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RememberTUA? on 01-27-2017

[QUOTE=BWC;17381523]Unifying? What belt does Ortiz hold?[/QUOTE] Ortiz don't hold a major belt, I said its time to unify, by that I meant fight another beltholder.

Comment by RememberTUA? on 01-27-2017

I don't understand the nature of your question? I posted that its time to unify the belts, by that I meant he should fight other title holders, not fight luiz Ortiz. a tune up after surgery is acceptable to me…

Comment by soul_survivor on 01-27-2017

Wilder fighting a notable name...cmon have u all not learned??

Comment by alexguiness on 01-27-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;17381763]Leave GGG out of this. Pops Ortiz couldn't anything vs Malik Scott...a guy Wilder baptized with ease.:bottle:[/QUOTE] The only baptism Wilder would give King Kong would be on the basketball court.

Comment by Jc8804 on 01-26-2017

Shots fired . Sign the contract.

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