It has just been announced that undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder will defend his title against undefeated contender Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz on Saturday, March 3 in Brooklyn, New York.
Ortiz-Wilder is a long-awaited showdown of the heavyweight division, Wilder returns to Brooklyn for the third time after scoring a sensational knockout in the first round of Bermane Stiverne on November 4, 2017. Wilder previously had thrown a devastating knockout over Artur Szpilka in January 2016.
Should Wilder, 32, emerge victorious, the fight could serve as the long-awaited heavyweight unification fight against Englishman Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), who has become the world’s biggest star in sports.
Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs), a 6-foot-4 southpaw and a Cuban amateur star, will give champion Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) his long-awaited challenge to date. Ortiz not only can box, but also has 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 drug test before the fight. The World Boxing Council withdraw his sanction to fight that lead the Cuban boxer to be replaced by Stiverne.
After the World Boxing Council investigated, the boxer received authorization after it was determined that Ortiz’s medication was the direct result of his medication for high blood pressure.
For a moment it seemed that Ortiz’s career was going nowhere, that error of not mentioning a blood pressure medication would end his career. Wilder then came to Hialeah Florida in December and it became clear that there was hope for a new appointment.
Ortiz was asked about Wilder’s gossip, Ortiz responded with a mocking tone, “He only talks about what he’s going to do, he does not talk so much that he’s bad, he still does not know what a train crash is, he has a problem and it will not be the (wacky) tobacco that the police took, it will be a problem between him and I alone in the ring, “Ortiz told the press.
Touching the issue of the setbacks in his career, “All those problems have only strengthened me, centered my mind more 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 from 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 mindset has doubled at this time,” Ortiz remarked.
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 manifest themselves in the streets and they support me, that is more than enough for me “
By Alex Nunez. Photography by Lester Silva