Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and hard-hitting Cuban southpaw Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz recently announced their Nov. 4 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING heavyweight world title bout.
The event is presented by Premier Boxing Champions and will air live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
Because of inclement weather near his home in Miami, Ortiz was unable to appear at the press conference, but did offer his thoughts about the upcoming fight via telephone.
The veteran made a creepy reference to completely ending Wilder when giving the American a warning about their upcoming contest.
“Wilder should sign his death sentence. I’m very different than anybody else that he’s fought. I punch harder than anybody else. I’m going to teach him not to mess with Cubans,” said Ortiz.
“I’m ready to go and excited for the fight. I want to get to November 4 so I can do what I have to do.
“Wilder does a lot of talking. He’s nervous and keeps forgetting the date of the fight. I think he took this fight because he has no choice and no one else to fight.
“I think Wilder is going to run in this fight. He should be careful what he says before the fight, because I think he’s going to run from me.
“Some skeptics are talking about my age, but look at Mayweather. I still have my speed and my quickness.”
Unbeaten Ortiz, 38, has been out of the ring since a December win over British fighter David Allen in Manchester and has stopped 23 of his 27 opponents to date.