By Alex Nunez & Lester Silva
Last week, it was announced that Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder is going to defend his WBC heavyweight title against undefeated contender Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz on Saturday, March 3 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Ortiz-Wilder is a long-awaited showdown in the heavyweight division, Wilder returns to Brooklyn for the third time after scoring a sensational knockout in the first round against Bermane Stiverne on November 4, 2017.
Wilder previously had scored a devastating knockout over Artur Szpilka at the venue in January 2016.
Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs), a 6-foot-4 southpaw and a Cuban amateur star, will give Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) his biggest challenge to date.
Ortiz not only can box, but also has knockout power in his left hand.
Originally the two fighters were due to fight in November, but the fight was suspended after Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance as part of a pre-fight drug test. The World Boxing Council withdrew their sanction and that led to Ortiz being replaced by Stiverne.
After the World Boxing Council investigated, the boxer received authorization after it was determined that Ortiz's failed test was the direct result of his prescribed medication for high blood pressure.
Ortiz is not bothered by Wilder's trash talking, but he cracked a smile as he took a jab at the champion's recent arrest for possessing marijuana.
"He only talks about what he's going to do, he still does not know what a train crash is. Now he has a real problem and it will not be the tobacco that the police took from him, it will be a problem between him and myself when we are alone in the ring," Ortiz said.
Touching the issue of the setbacks in his career - "All those problems have only strengthened me, centered my mind to be more focused on my goals, and the opportunity for King Kong to fulfill his dream of being world champion."
About his training for this commitment, the Cuban giant claimed that it has been a different camp when compared to the others.
"This is the camp that we all wanted to do to win a world title," claimed Ortiz.
"I only know that I'm going to do my job in the ring, my training has doubled and my motivation has doubled at this time."
On how Cuba will receive its first heavyweight champion, Ortiz told us - "I do not know if Cuba would recognize it, but I know that the people will. I see it as they themselves would go into the streets and support me - that is more than enough for me."